OCCF Grant Helps SWAT Team
News release from Indiana State Police
(Ohio County, Ind.) – On June 21, 2012 the Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) once again helped support the Indiana State Police South Emergency Response Team (ERT) with a grant of $3,500 to purchase tactical equipment. Although the type of equipment purchased is confidential, this equipment will be used to better serve community members residing in Ohio County.
Established in 1975 by the Indiana State Police, the Emergency Response Team (commonly referred to as SWAT) is called upon in response to critical incidents such as hostage situations, barricaded suspects, and other “high risk” details. Members of the Emergency Response Teams are specially trained and have specialized equipment that allows them to handle these high-risk situations requiring teamwork and specialized tactics where conventional police tactics may pose an unnecessary risk to other officers or the public. The Indiana State Police has three full-time Emergency Response Teams; North, Central, and South.
This makes the third OCCF grant the ERT has received in the last two years. Although “basic” equipment needs are met through the annual state police budget, the generosity of organizations such as the OCCF allows these tactical teams to purchase other specialized equipment to enhance their effectiveness which ultimately benefits the public they serve.