Critical Incident Response Team
The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is a highly trained unit that is used to peacefully resolve high-risk situations including armed resistance or where a significant level of violence might be expected.
CIRT was created in 2000. Since it’s creation, the team has expanded and incorporates representation from all Districts within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The team is comprised of 13 members: 1 Supervisor and 12 Constables. All members maintain regular patrol duties and represent the diverse knowledge base of the Community Patrol Branch. The goal of the Chatham-Kent Police Service is to have these highly trained members available for immediate deployment while in the execution of their regular duties.
CIRT members are trained in police tactical operations and respond to a variety of different situations. In addition to their front-line duties, their responsibilities include:
- Arrest and Search Warrant Execution
- Group Searches for Missing and/or Wanted Persons
- Armed, Barricaded and/or Violent Person Complaints
- Emergency Situations
- Special Assignments
- Public Order Maintenance
In keeping with public safety as a paramount responsibility, CIRT members are also highly trained in less-lethal methods of conflict resolution and maintain a high level of expertise with the various levels of response options available.
With their ability to provide a rapid and professional response to high-risk situations, including local emergencies and disasters, CIRT is an extremely valuable resource to civilians in Chatham-Kent and surrounding jurisdictions.