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PCSO Receives Grant Funding for New Safety Equipment for Adult Detention Facility
 
Posted: 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
 
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $6,074.33 in grant funding by the Apache Gold Casino Resort and the San Carlos Apache Tribe to purchase new safety equipment including stab proof vests and riot helmets for the Adult Detention Facility’s Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T).

The Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T) was recently developed in the Adult Detention Facility to reduce officer assaults and to increase officer and inmate safety. S.E.R.T is currently made up of twelve Detention Officers, one S.E.R.T Commander and two assistant S.E.R.T Commanders. Team members were selected after successfully passing several rigorous training scenarios hosted by the Pinal County SWAT team.

The primary function of SERT is searching for administrative and dangerous contraband. The Special Emergency Response Team addresses many different concerns dealing with inmates and detainees as they help to maintain the safety and security of the facility.

SERT is used in inmate disturbances, cell extractions, cell searches, forced cell moves and high risk transports of inmates and detainees.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Our Adult Detention Center was the first in the state to receive a National Accreditation and only the second in the nation. We obtained the National Accreditation with a perfect score when evaluated on 594 legal-based guidelines. I want to thank the Apache Gold Casino Resort and the San Carlos Apache Tribe for providing this grant funding which will purchase equipment which will be used to protect our officers.”
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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