Correctional Emergency Response Team

Correctional Emergency Response Team

Correctional Emergency Response Team

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A Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT), Special Emergency Response Team for Correction (SERT), or Special Operation Response Team (SORT) is a team of highly trained corrections officers in the United States tasked with responding to incidents, riots, cell extractions, mass searches, or disturbances in prisons, possibly involving uncooperative or violent inmates. CERT team members are required to be contactable and available to respond at all times. CERT is founded upon a team concept and is made up of highly motivated and experienced Correction Officers.


Possible duties of a CERT team include transport of high risk inmates, extracting uncooperative prisoners from their cells, searches and high profile security, barricaded persons, Riots, mass arrest, high risk/high profile transport and hostages situations. While, in the United States various details regarding CERT organization and training requirements differ from state to state, a standard CERT team organization is similar to that employed by the Monroe County Police Department, as shown below:

  1. Team Leader "Leads". Spoken communication skills, anger de-escalation techniques.
  2. The Equipment/Video Member "EQV" To capture the entire response on video.
  3. CERT Member "1" Lead member, first in to deal with the inmate.
  4. CERT Member "2" Second team member in.
  5. CERT Member "3" Minimal protective gear on to allow for maximum speed
  6. CERT Member "4" Same as......
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