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Special Response Team

Special Response Team

The Special Response Team's (SRT) primary mission is to respond to incidents above the realm of normal patrol operations, such as armed barricaded persons or hostage situations that require the special skills, equipment, and training of the team. SRT executes selected search warrants on behalf of the Detective Division, and Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, when it is determined that a "high risk" of armed resistance exists. SRT is composed 19 team members, and 5 negotiators drawn from various divisions of the department. Positions on the team include entry team and marksman (sniper). Members specialize in entry, intelligence, chemical munitions, less lethal force options, and various other specialties. All members of the SRT volunteer for this job in addition to their regular Police assignments.

SRT officers train on the average of 16 hours per month and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The training consists of building searches, warrant service, hostage rescue tactics, bus and vehicle assaults, open field search, downed officer rescue, high-risk surveillance, dignitary protection and crowd control. SRT officers receive their training from various outside agencies and intense in-house training. The SRT also trains with several area Tactical Teams.

In 2007, the St. Joseph Police Department combined the SRT with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department. This new combined team added 4 deputies from the Sheriff's Department to the current SJPD team. The team is used by both agencies to handle any situation in Buchanan County where a specialized team is needed. The team is also utilized by several surrounding agencies and smaller counties who do not have the manpower or funding for such a team. This new joint department team is more functional and provides much better service to the entire Northwest Missouri area.

Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)

The Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) functions as a subdivision of the Special Response Team. The CNT's goal is to enhance the prospects of peacefully and successfully resolving incidents through communication. The CNT supports and assists both the patrol and SRT functions by providing personnel trained in crisis intervention. The most common applications are suicide interventions and barricaded subjects.