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Emergency Response Team (ERT)

The mission of the Harrison County Sheriff Emergency Response Team (ERT) is to utilize highly trained, highly skilled law enforcement tactical operators to assist in the resolution of critical incidents. The concept of an ERT is to provide an organized structured response to critical, high risk situations which are beyond the capabilities of other departmental units. The use of this specialized team nationwide has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers and suspects.

The Harrison County ERT provides service and support to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Harrison County. As the requirements and demands of police agencies become more complex the management and additional resources required by these critical incidents are often beyond the capabilities found within routine police operations. The Harrison County ERT answers the call for tactical law enforcement operations and special services for the citizens of the county.

Team members are among the best marksmen and most highly trained Officers in the Sheriff’s Office, coming from primary assignments in all divisions and undergoing a rigorous physical and mental evaluation prior to selection. Once selected to join the team, Officers are required to successfully complete a demanding basic SWAT school and continue on to more advanced training in team tactics, specialized weapon systems and munitions, marksmanship, explosive and mechanical breaching, and emergency trauma. Annually, ERT team members undergo a minimum of (80) training hours and are on-call around the clock, every day of the year.