Sergeant Rodney L. Workman
The Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) provides the Division with a tactical response to the following: hostage incidents, armed barricade incidents, high-risk warrant service, high-risk vehicle stops, dignitary protection, surveillance assistance and any crisis deemed appropriate by the Executive Staff. During 2014, the team responded to 116 calls for service. Through professionalism, dedication, training and state of the art equipment, the Special Operation Response Team conducted these activations in a safe and successful manner. Training continues to be the main contributing factor for success as team members attended several training events to sharpen their skills. As a part-time team, members continue to perform in an exemplary manner both in the performance of their primary duties within the Division and team assignments within S.O.R.T.
To address the current terrorist threat against the United States, the Department of Homeland Security developed a typing system (I, II and III) for SWAT teams to insure inner-operability across the nation. One aspect of the typing system involves advanced training to develop skill sets associated with corresponding types. The Government Training Institute (GTI) in Boise, Idaho developed the first advanced curriculum to address these skill sets. Instructors were subject matter experts from both law enforcement and military Special Operations Groups. Techniques taught during this course have been battle tested and the instructors possess real world experience fighting terrorists. During 2014, four team members attended the SWAT Type 1 course, which resulted in the entire team being certified as SWAT 1 operators. Team members developed new skill sets to include Advanced Tactical Rappelling and FAST rope insertion.
The team sent 10 members to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC for a Commercial Vessel Boarding Course. This course taught basic ship boarding skills on vessels in port and underway. The team currently has all members trained in maritime tactical operations. During 2014, the team assisted the Department of Homeland Security (Immigration and Customs) with boarding three ships that were anchored in the Delaware Bay.
- Information obtained from 2014 DSP Annual Report -