Special Teams

Special Teams

In the event of a declared emergency where the threat of inmate unrest, escape, injury or death, hostage taking, inmate disturbance, natural/man-made disaster, terrorist attack and/or employee strike, the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and/or Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) may be called upon as determined necessary by the incident commander.

The Staff Empowerment and Resiliency/Victim Education and Support (SERVES) team provides support to staff members during and following crises or events.

The Honor Guard protects and celebrates the memory of present and former NDCS staff members who have passed away, and the Color Guard acknowledges our respect for our country through ceremonies and traditions honoring the state and national flags.

These teams are held in a constant state of readiness to respond.

Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) 

The CERT team is used for quick and decisive handling of an emergency where a show of force, containment and/or crowd control utilizing less-lethal tactics and equipment. This team is trained in the use of the advanced shotgun, advanced mini-14 rifle, chemical agents and other defensive weapons. CERT can be utilized to protect property, team integrity and to prevent escape. 

Special Operations Response Team (SORT)

Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
Special Operations Response Team (SORT)

Special Operations Response Team (SORT)

The SORT team is used to gather operational intelligence information and to conduct high-risk tactical operations where serious bodily injury or death is imminent and lethal force may be required to resolve the situation. 

Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT)

Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT)
Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT)

Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT)

The CNT team is used as the first response to reducing tensions among the incarcerated population and to resolve situations involving barricaded subjects, suicide attempts and hostage taking. 

Staff Empowerment & Resiliency/Victim Education & Support (SERVES)

Staff Empowerment & Resiliency/Victim Education & Support (SERVES)
Staff Empowerment & Resiliency/Victim Education & Support (SERVES)

Staff Empowerment & Resiliency/Victim Education & Support (SERVES) 

The SERVES team is dedicated to providing support, empowerment, education and resiliency tools to the victims of NDCS incarcerated individuals. 

This team responds to NDCS staff members and their families when an employee is assaulted in the line of duty, provides peer-to-peer support and community referrals to employees and their families in times of need and delivers resilience-promoting interventions to staff members and their families prior to, during and following a critical incident. 

The SERVES team provides advocacy, education and assistance to community members who are victims of crime, creating an avenue for these victims to participate in Victim Offender Dialogue, Parole Board Hearings and victim notification programs.

Honor/Color Guard

Honor/Color Guard
Honor/Color Guard

The Honor Guard Unit may be activated to serve as pallbearers or as an honor unit at funerals/memorial services for active or retired NDCS team members, when requested. The Color Guard may be activated to perform at facility dedications, groundbreakings, staff retirements, parades, conferences and other activities, as requested.