Rapid Response Team - Uniform Patrol Division 

The Rapid Response Team is trained to provide a rapid, organized and disciplined response to civil disorder and public safety emergencies that may occur including but not limited to crowd control, weapons of mass destruction incidents, emergency situations including natural or man-made disasters of various types, and routine local and statewide mutual aid which exceeds the effective ability of local enforcement.

The Rapid Response Teams are formally structured teams based on a deputies from multiple units and divisions with an assigned leader.  Tactics used are based on small squad tactics developed by the Office of Domestic Preparedness as well as the more traditional Mobile Field Force and general police patrol tactics. 

A single team generally consists of four squads but its size may vary based on need, funding and the requisite authorization.  A team may be supplemented by specialized units of other agencies.  Mobile Field Forces/Rapid Response Teams are modular with interoperable equipment, practices, and procedures.

•Rapid Response Team will be capable of delivering the following basic, 24/7 law enforcement services within a designated geographic area:

•Isolate areas of civil disorder or disaster by the use of large, organized perimeters.

◦Assist in systematic grid searches

•Control or disburse unruly crowds.

•Apprehend multiple offenders in crowd situations.

•Rescue victims or law enforcement officers under hazardous conditions.

•Promoting peace and civil order to protect people and property.

•Providing perimeter control/security of high value facilities or supplies.

•Natural disaster response

•Provide supplemental law enforcement services to stricken jurisdictions by:

◦Rendering general police assistance to all in need.

◦Preventing and detecting crime and arrest violators.

◦Responding to calls for service and enforcing the local/state criminal laws if necessary.

For more information please contact:

Captain Bill Dowdy

bodowdy@sheriff.martin.fl.us

(772)220-7170