The Dane County Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team (TRT) is an on-call tactical unit that currently consists of 23 deputies, detectives, and supervisors. All are full-time employees and their job location ranges from deputies assigned to the jail up to lieutenants with law enforcement experience from 4-24 years.
In addition to these 23 members, we have 6 Tactical Medics (TEMS) attached to our team. Our medics are licensed paramedics who work full-time with Emergency Medical Services throughout Dane County and serve with the team on an on-call basis. Our medics train themselves and provide training to the team on a monthly basis, outside law enforcement and the public.
There are also members from the Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit that are trained in basic SWAT tactics that may be activated during call-outs. They provide perimeter security or will assist with entries based on team needs.
Tactical Response Team members train 16 hours a month. They also have a 40-hour block of training in the fall. Training during this time has been done at Fort McCoy, Volk Field, Milwaukee, and around Dane County. In addition to the monthly training, team members go to numerous seminars and training courses offered in Wisconsin and around the Nation.
The Dane County Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team is an ALERT (Aligned Law Enforcement Response Team) agency. Through a partnership with Wisconsin Emergency Management, our team also responds to requests for tactical response in the SW EPS region, and outside the region if requested.