The Special Response Team - probably what most of us refer to as a "swat team" - is a group of officers trained to assist officers on investigation or other high-risk situations.
They can be called in for hostage situations, standoffs, search warrants or drug busts when investigators feel they need extra help. Officer Matt Berres has been on the entry team for 2 years in Marshfield. He says they are dispatched to keep the public safe, as well as the other officers.
"The on-duty shift is already strained the the max, with setting up a perimeter, making sure no one gets out, no one comes in, and then they still have to be able to take calls on the road," Berres said, "so they have to kind of do a balancing act and it is essential for us to be able to have a team that come in and relieve those people."
Members of the Marshfield Special Response Team go through monthly training so they can stay up to date on the many situations they can be called in to. They also work as a team so that in real-life situations, they feel more comfortable.
While it is human nature for all of us to want to know what is going on in our neighborhoods, especially when emergency crews show up, Berres says one of the most important things you can do if you see the team, is to keep your distance. He says they set a safety perimeter for a reason, and with the many job they juggle on scene, distractions from the outside only make their job harder.
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