The Waterbury Emergency Response Team, (E.R.T.), was formed in 1991. ERT is another name for SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics). The ERT is a highly skilled, disciplined, cohesive, and well equipped police tactical unit whose primary objective is to preserve innocent life.
The ERT is currently made up of twenty-five active sworn Police Officers. The team is a regional response team made up of Officers from six different agencies. The team makeup is as follows: nineteen Waterbury Police Officers, one Officer from Watertown, one Officer from Naugatuck Valley Community College, one Officer from Middlebury, one Officer from UCONN Waterbury Branch, and two Officers from the Wolcott Police Department.
The E.R.T. may be activated by the Chief of Police, Deputy Police Chief, Assistant Deputy Chief, Shift Commander or in their absence, a designee. E.R.T. missions include:
- Barricaded persons
- Hostage situations
- Suicidal persons
- Sniper situations
- Terrorist acts
- Crowd control
- V.I.P. security
Other incidents which are beyond the capabilities of the Patrol Division due to required specialized training or equipment.