Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office maintains a team of trained and equipped deputies that handle unique situations that are not common for normal operations. This specialized team is known as Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team commonly referred to as S.E.R.T.; the public may know it as S.W.A.T.

Some of the primary operations of S.E.R.T. are:

  • Conduct high risk search warrants
  • Arrest warrants
  • Deal with an array of rapidly evolving situations that may involve
    • Barricaded suspect(s)
    • Hostage taker(s)
    • Active shooter(s).


Requirements and responsiblities of all potential and active S.E.R.T. members include:

  • Highly disciplined deputies
  • Possess high level of capacity to deal with difficult situations
  • Monthly Trainings
  • Demonstrate a high level of tactical firearm proficiency
  • Maintain a peak level of physical fitness
  • Successfully complete physical and cognitive evaluations


All S.E.R.T. members train monthly and have demonstrated a high level of tactical firearm proficiency. S.E.R.T. members are required to maintain a peak level of physical fitness so that they may consistently handle extraordinary situations that require a high level of performance. Imperial County’s S.E.R.T. members are highly disciplined deputies that have demonstrated a high level of capacity to deal with difficult situations. All potential S.E.R.T. candidates must successfully complete a strenuous physical and cognitive evaluation that includes a weapons proficiency test, physical fitness test and a psychological evaluation. These high standards must be met by each candidate to ensure the Imperial County’s S.E.R.T. team maintains a group of members that are highly skilled, dependable, and precise and understand the core principles of team work.

Imperial County’s S.E.R.T. utilizes specialized equipment and vehicles such as the Lenco Bearcat and L3 Communications Range-R. Members are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and take great pride in what they do.


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