Rapid Response Team

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.

Individual Teams

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:

  • Apprehend multiple offenders in crowd situations
  • Control or disburse unruly crowds
  • Isolate areas of civil disorder or disaster by the use of large, organized perimeters.
    • Assist in systematic grid searches
  • Natural disaster response
  • Promoting peace and civil order to protect people and property
  • Provide supplemental law enforcement services to stricken jurisdictions by:
    • Preventing and detecting crime and arrest violators
    • Rendering general police assistance to all in need
    • Responding to calls for service and enforcing the local/state criminal laws if necessary
  • Providing perimeter control/security of high value facilities or supplies
  • Rescue victims or law enforcement officers under hazardous conditions