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