Union Beach Police Department - (Special Operations) Search & Rescue Unit is equipped to handle any given situation that presents itself. Search and rescue (SAR) is the search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger. Following the catastrophic events of Hurricane Sandy and under the new leadership of UBPD Police Chief Michael J. Woodrow in 2017, the SAR Unit was officially created under the Special Operations Branch. The general field of search and rescue includes many specialty sub-fields, typically determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over. Traditionally areas that would be inaccessible are now accesible due to the unique capabilities of our fleet and the training and expertise of our officers. Astonishingly, all vehicles, vessels, etc. in the SAR unit have been donated.