Specialty Units

Meth Team GCSO

The Clandestine Lab Unit offers expertise in clandestine drug manufacturing, allowing it to focus on such cases as methamphetamine manufacturing operations across Guernsey County.

Clan lab Investigators can respond with vehicles equipped with breathing apparatuses, personal protective equipment, portable decontamination equipment, sampling gear, generators, and other tools to assess, process, and dismantle and neutralize labs labs.

How to recognize a Methamphetamine lab?

  • Unusual, strong odors like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals.
  • Coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red paste, or small amounts of shiny white crystals.
  • Glass cookware or stove pans containing a powdery residue.
  • Open windows vented with fans during the winter.
  • Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, engine starting fluid cans, HEET cans, lithium batteries and empty battery packages, wrappers, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
  • Unusual amounts of clear glass containers.

If you suspect a meth lab, leave at once and report it.

  • Do not open any coolers.
  • Do not touch any items.
  • Handling methamphetamine waste residue can burn your skin and eyes, and breathing in the gases can send you to the hospital.
  • Handling these chemicals with unprotected skin, or getting the dust in your eyes can cause serious damage.

Getting rid of a meth lab is dangerous and expensive. Meth cookers dump battery acid, solvents and other toxic materials into rivers or the ground. Much of the waste is highly flammable and explosive.

  • One pound of meth produces six pounds of toxic waste.
  • Even months after meth labs have been closed, chemical residue still remains.
  • The chemicals used in the manufacturing process can be corrosive, explosive, flammable, toxic, and possibly radioactive.
  • Solvent chemicals may be dumped into the ground, sewers, or septic systems. This contaminates the surface water, ground water, and wells.
  • Traces of chemicals can pervade the walls, drapes, carpets, and furniture of a laboratory site.

Water Rescue

The Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office Water Rescue Team is committed to water safety and awareness and is available for rapid response to provide the community with water rescue and recovery services.

The water rescue team is comprised of highly trained and proficient individuals who can meet the challenges of working on water. Their services are extremely important as they bring home victims of drowning, provide flood rescue services, and work to recover evidence that helps bring justice to crime victims.

Mounted Volunteer
Search and Rescue

Volunteer:  A person who does something, especially for other people for an organization, willingly and without being forced or paid.

These are the men and women of the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Search and Rescue Unit.

When one of our officers needs to widen their search for that missing or lost child or adult in the outdoors, he or she will ask dispatch to “activate the mounted unit.”

The men and women of the mounted are not armed law enforcement. They are people just like you. Armed with the willingness to help the other person the best way they know how.

The mounted unit can and will be subject to be on call 24/7, 365 days a year.
Their horses, trailers and gear all belonging to them. The volunteers do all of this not for pay or thanks, but to know they helped someone when they were in need.