nitromethane and TPSince 1972, the Yolo County Bomb Squad has been a resource for law enforcement in Yolo County.  When officers respond to a call and locate illegally possessed commercial or homemade explosives, or suspect an explosive device, they call out “The Bomb Squad.”  Yolo County Bomb Squad is one of the busiest squads in the Sacramento area and averages 80 to 100 calls per year, handling everything from homemade explosives labs to criminal bombing investigations.

The Yolo County Bomb Squad is an inter-agency squad and is currently comprised of one officer from Davis PD and two officers from West Sacramento PD.  These officers receive specialized training in IED recognition and mitigation, working with explosives and hazardous materials, and robot operations during a six week long school run by the FBI in Huntsville, Alabama.  Each member of the squad has also received advanced training in explosive breaching operations, suicide bombers, homemade explosives recognition and mitigation, radiological dispersal devices (dirty bombs), disarming booby traps, large vehicle bomb countermeasures, explosive disposal techniques, and post-blast investigations.  Each certified Bomb Technician is required to train 16 hours every month and attend at least 40 hours of advanced training each year.

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