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The Johnson County Sheriff's Department formed the Emergency Response Team to prepare officers to more safely and effectively counter an ever increasing culture of critical incidents due to a rising propensity for violence in our communities throughout the country. In the beginning the team was comprised of a few volunteer officers, and has developed into a well organized, motivated, and multifaceted tactical team prepared to respond at any time.

Recognizing the essential need for a highly trained and well equipped emergency response team substantially reduces the risk of injury and loss of life to citizens, officers, and suspects in high risk incidents is the intent of The Johnson County Sheriff's Emergency Response Team. The tactical unit has received advanced training in various fields and possesses capabilities in special weapons and tactics, high-risk warrant service, hostage rescue, barricaded suspects, active shooters, dignitary protection, high risk prisoner transportation, and preparation for weapons of mass destruction and terrorism incidents.