The Hercules Police Department maintains several specialized units to deal with the variety of needs which may arise within the City of Hercules. One of these units is the SRT (Special Response Team).
The department's SRT Team was established to deal with situations within the city which require equipment, techniques and training which are beyond the norms for most police officers.
Personnel assigned to SRT have other full-time assignments within the department. Personnel are selected from applicants based on a range of criteria including: physical fitness, firearms proficiency, and supervisory recommendations. Members of the team receive specialized training from several sources including P.O.S.T certified courses and joint training with other local teams. Personnel in Hercules SRT have developed proficiency with a number of specialized weapons and techniques designed to increase their efficiency and safety in dealing with situations.
The SRT’s primary function is "high-risk entries" pursuant to warrants obtained by the department. When crimes occur within Hercules, which lead to the issuance of arrest or search warrants, an evaluation is done to determine if the service of the warrant will present a risk to officers or the public. In cases where there is a high potential for violence, SRT is utilized for the initial entry.
The use of the specially trained team members decreases the likelihood for resistance and enhances the safety of police personnel, occupants of the residence, and the surrounding community.