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Response Team

The Crisis Response Team (CRT) is a special stand-alone unit, assigned to the patrol division commander. The team consists of 9 members who have other duties within the police department to include public affairs, communications, detectives and patrol. The team as mentioned is headed up by two Sergeants. The selection process for the negotiations positions is based on an application process and appointment by the chief of police.

The training received by this team is outstanding. The team conducts monthly training for a minimum of 120 hours a year. The team receives POST update training whenever it becomes available in the area. The team also enjoys a great relationship with the California Hostage Negotiators Association who holds regional training and our team is a member of the NTOA. A mandatory part of the training includes quarterly training with the departments SWAT team on reality based situations. The training has included commuter trains, airplanes, and schools; high and low density housing and public building scenarios.

The makeup of the team is unique as it a mix of sworn and non-sworn members. Because of the size of the department it is necessary for members to have more than one assignment in the department. On the team we have Sergeants, Patrol Officers, Detectives, Public Safety Dispatcher and Community Service officer. Each of these team members have special training that has come in handy over the years depending on the situations. In addition to the team members having continuous CRT training, each sworn member receives first responder training and active shooter training.

In 1995 the department obtained a used step van with very low mileage from the Air Force With the assistance of a neighborhood watch volunteer, it was modified into a fully functional negotiation vehicle. The CRT van has phone lines, air conditioning, heat and all the exterior hookups for power, phone and TV monitoring. The van is designed for three people and plenty of storage. In 1999 the department obtained their first professional phone system manufactured by Rescue Phone and has since developed a unique delivery system for the throw phone.

The team has a public function also in regards to education. The team travels with the SWAT team to public safety fairs, schools and civic groups to help educate the public on how vital these two teams are.

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