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NYPD ESU officers during a tactical deployment.

The Emergency Service Unit is the name of the police tactical unit which provides specialized equipment, expertise and support to the various units within the Police departments of several states in the United States. From auto accidents to building collapses to hostage situations, "ESU" officers are called on when the situation requires advanced equipment and expertise. The Canine Unit provides assistance during searches for missing persons, perpetrators and evidence such as drugs and contraband[1].

These police forces do not have a traditional SWAT units as most law enforcement agencies in the United States have. The Emergency Service Unit qualifies in the role of a S.W.A.T. unit and much more. The "ESU" is the multifaceted and multitalented element of their respective police departments. Members of "ESU" are some of the most highly trained experts of their Departments, with abilities that include handling heavy weapons to securing dangerous animals such as full grown tigers kept in public housing apartments. They are also trained in ROCO high angle rope rescue as well as tactical rappelling and fast rope use. They are all also hazmat technicians, emergency medical technicians, and PADI certified open water divers.

NYPD ESU at the site of the World Trade Center as part of Rescue and recovery effort after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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The New York City Police Department Emergency Service Unit is the largest ESU with over 300 personnel. ESU and the Canine Unit provide specialized equipment, expertise and support to the various units within the NYPD. From auto accidents to building collapses to hostage situations, "ESU" officers are called on when the situation requires advanced equipment and expertise. The Canine Unit provides assistance during searches for missing persons, perpetrators and evidence. Fourteen of the twenty-three NYPD officers who died on September 11th, 2001 were from ESU.

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E-Man: Life in the NYPD Emergency Services Unit (Paperback) by Jerry Schmetterer and Al Sheppard [Out of print]

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