A Sandman, or DS operative (short for Deep Sleep Operative) is a specially selected and genetically engineered person that hunts down runners and terminates them with a gun. They typically show no mercy against runners.
In the novel these Sandmen, whose job is to terminate Runners using a special weapon called the Gun, an unusual revolver which can fire six different projectiles. Runners are most terrified of one called the Homer which homes in on body heat and deliberately ignites every pain nerve in the body, killing the target. Sandmen practice Omnite, a fictional hybrid martial arts style.
In the movie, Sandmen use a Follower, a communication device than can track the position of runners as they move through the city.
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- Clay - from The TV Series
- Benjamin - from The TV Series
- Joseph 8 - from The TV Series
- Evans 9 - from The Novel
- Gant - from The Novel