Special Operations

Special Operations Division CommanderCaptain Gaute "Bo" Svendsbo

Captain Svendsbo began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1990.  He came to the HBPD in December 1992.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and a master’s degree from National University.  He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI National Academy.  

As an officer, he worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, K9, SWAT, Narcotics, DEA Task Force, OC Auto Theft Task Force, and Department Firearms Instructor. 

He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and quickly returned to the SWAT Team as a Team Leader.  He also worked as a supervisor in the K9 Unit, Gang Unit, and the Narcotics/Vice Unit. 

After promoting to lieutenant in 2013, he returned to the SWAT Team as the Team Commander.  He also worked as a Watch Commander, Detective Bureau Commander, and Professional Standards Bureau Commander before his promotion to Captain in 2022.

The Special Operations Division manages the areas within the police department which are responsible for unique and specialized functions of law enforcement.  This division is comprised of both sworn and civilian employees and includes traffic enforcement/investigations, DUI enforcement, School Resource Officers, parking enforcement, airborne/drone operations, the Air Support Unit, mounted enforcement, and the Homeless Task Force.  Additionally, this division is tasked with planning and implementing the police department’s response to all special events held throughout the city. 

The Special Operations Division is also responsible for overseeing the department’s use of special teams who respond to tactical situations, as well as planned and unplanned protests or events.  These teams include S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics), the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Mobile Field Force Team, which handles any civil unrest or unlawful gatherings.