Critical incidents, such as active assailant events, terrorist activities and complex coordinated attacks, are dynamic and evolving matters necessitating highly trained individuals and teams to neutralize these threats. A well-prepared individual, the organization of effective teams, the appropriate training of operators/assaulters, as well as their commanders, and the appropriate use of equipment and technology are essential elements in the success matrix of preparing for and responding to these critical incidents.
The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) Special Operations Division (SOD) Tactical Team and the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) Special Operations Division (SOD) Emergency Services Team have identified four capabilities to help each, and the region, meet the response demands for these types of critical incidents. These capabilities are breaching, command, close quarter battle (CQB), and sniper operations. MDERS has and continues to support tactical training for both SOD teams.
For more information, please contact Hannah Thomas at hannah.thomas1@Maryland.gov