Office of the Albany County Sheriff

Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.)

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has a highly trained, fully staffed Emergency Response Team. The Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.) is designed to be a rapid deployment team, which can be dispatched quickly to any volatile situation. Members of this team are trained in Tactical Insertions, Crowd Control, Dignitary Protection, High Risk Transports, High Risk Warrant Service and Hostage / Crisis Negotiations. The team is available 24-hours a day to respond to assist the Sheriff’s Office or any other agency requiring these special skills.

In 2012 the Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.) was one of the first SWAT teams in the State of New York to receive the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services SWAT Team Certification. This standard was approved by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) on December 1, 2010. The standard complies with the select standards of the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program and goals and objectives of the New York State Homeland Security Strategy.

The New York State SWAT Team Standards will give agencies the opportunity to provide a high level of emergency service to the communities they serve.