Multnomah County Sheriff's Office - Services - Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Corrections Emergency Response Team responds to incidents within Multnomah County's correctional system. In 1977, CERT was developed to deal with the ever-growing number of inmates and violent crimes occurring within Multnomah County correctional facilities. CERT officers are trained in specialized tactics that differ from such training as that of SWAT or other emergency response divisions would receive, because incidents that CERT would respond to mostly happen indoors and with violent offenders. The Crisis Response Team works closely with CERT to resolve hostage situations safely. CERT commonly responds and deals with barricaded persons, mobile booking/mass arrest situations, hostage rescue, major/minor disturbances, less lethal situations, and lethal situations.

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