A.C.E. Team

Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team

The A.C.E. Team was formed in September of 1996 by Sheriff Carey Winders. The team, at that time, was a four man squad consisting of four deputies. Sheriff Larry Pierce expanded this team in 2015 and made another 4 man squad.  They alternate the days they work so there is usually one squad on duty every day.  There may be times when both squads will work together to accomplish an important objective.  This team was developed originally to address street level narcotics problems, but in time proved to be effective in many ways.  Past assignments have included aggressive DWI detection, surveillance and saturation patrols in areas with exceptionally high crime rates.  Each A.C.E. Team shift consists of:
1 Sergeant
1 Corporal
2 Deputy Sheriffs
They report directly to Patrol Captain Brian Dawson

Education & Training

Each team member has extensive training in the detection and interdiction of narcotics, as well as search and seizure practices. Their vehicles are unmarked and are heavily equipped with tools such as Radar Units, Digital Phones, Portable Breathalyzers, Mobile Vision and Surveillance Cameras.


In addition to their specialized patrol assignments, the A.C.E. Team performs many different operations. These operations include street level undercover drug buys, search warrant executions, and surveillance of persons or property as needed. The A.C.E. Team is available by request to any agency in Wayne County having problems in a concentrated area.