The Falmouth Police Department’s
Special Response Team consists of nine members, including one captain,
two lieutenants, and six patrol officers. The team is on call 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year.
The Special Response Team may
operate as a single unit or as a member of the Upper Cape Cod Regional
Special Response Team (including Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and
the Mashpee Police Department).
The primary purpose of the Special
Response Team is as a life saving organization.
The team’s specially trained
personnel provide tactical response to special threats, such as
hostage situations, barricaded persons, sniper and terrorism incidents,
major disturbances or riots, and work/school place violence.
The Special Response Team will also
be activated when a significant potential exists for the occurrence of a
special threat situation, such as executing high-risk search and/or
arrest warrants, armed robbery stakeouts, dignitary protection and
search and rescue missions.
The team is armed with an array of
high-tech equipment to include lethal and less lethal weapons, body
armor and bullet-resistant shields, diversionary devices, chemical
munitions (e.g., gas) and surveillance cameras and recording devices.