Emergency Response Team

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a combined unit that consists of highly trained personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and 2 municipalities within the county.  ERT members are full-time law enforcement deputies / officers who, in addition to their regular assigned patrol duties, commit to the additional training and responsibilities that are required to be a member of the team.  The Emergency Response Team does not function as a “full-time” team however members are subject to “call-out” 24 hours a day 

 They are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers. Their duties include performing hostage rescues and counter-terrorism operations, serving high risk arrest and search warrants, subduing barricaded suspects, and engaging heavily-armed criminals. The ERT is often equipped with specialized firearms including semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, carbines, riot control agents, stun grenades, and high-powered rifles for snipers. They have specialized equipment including heavy body armor, ballistic shields, entry tools, access to armored vehicles, advanced night vision optics, and motion detectors for covertly determining the positions of hostages or hostage takers inside of an enclosed structure.

ERT duties include:

  • Hostage rescue
  • Crime suppression
  • Riot Control
  • Perimeter security against snipers for visiting dignitaries
  • Rescuing officers and citizens captured or endangered by gunfire
  • Countering terrorist operations / Homeland Security
  • Resolving high-risk situations with a minimum loss of life, injury, or property damage
  • Resolving situations involving barricaded subjects
  • Stabilizing situations involving high-risk suicidal subjects
  • Providing assistance on drug raids, arrest warrants, and search warrants
  • Providing additional security at special events
  • Stabilizing dangerous situations dealing with violent criminals (such as rapists, serial killers or gangs)
  • Armed patrols

The Emergency Response Team has and continues to be utilized by municipalities within Trempealeau County and has provided mutual aid response to jurisdictions outside of Trempealeau County.


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