“It’s just great to be prepared. And I think the residents of York County can rest a little easier that they have a squad of dedicated individuals like this that are here for their protection,” said York County Commissioner Chris Reilly. “It’s the first live training exercise I’ve experienced with the QRT. It’s a very intense situation and these guys are obviously dedicated professionals and they are really taking it seriously. We provide a significant amount of money to the QRT each year and after seeing what is transpiring here, it is money well spent.”
The mission of the York County Quick Response Team is to provide specialized tactical training to a select group of law enforcement officers within York County and to utilize these officers in the resolution of high-risk and volatile situations. The officers who are assigned to this specialized unit are dedicated to the protection of York County citizens and to assisting local law enforcement agencies during critical incidents.
The York County Quick Response Team (YCQRT) was formed in November 2002 to provide assistance to local law enforcement agencies in the management and resolution of special threats and high-risk incidents.
The tactical and negotiations teams are comprised of thirty five (35) law enforcement officers from various agencies including York City, Springettsbury Twp., York Area Regional, Spring Garden Twp, Northeastern Regional, Newberry Twp, Fairview Twp, West Manchester Twp, Penn Twp and the York County Sheriffs Office. These departments are united under mutual aid agreements to maximize available resources for response to incidents in a rapid and effective manner. Often, these types of response details can place a financial burden on the departments represented and/or the jurisdiction in which the call for assistance was initially generated.
The YCQRT participates in monthly training sessions to cover a variety of special threat and high-risk incidents including but not limited to:
-+ dynamic entries into buildings
-+ active school shooting situations
-+ rescue of citizens utilizing an armored vehicle
-+ hostage rescue
-+ vehicle and bus assaults
-+ high risk warrent service
The York County Quick Responce Team held the 7th Annual Dare to Care 5k Walk/Run