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Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

The Worthington Police Department, in conjunction with the Nobles County Sheriff's Department, started the original Emergency Response Unit (ERU) with approximately ten officers in 1986. The team has expanded from 1986 to its present number of 13 officers. The team is made up of 11 City of Worthington Police Officers and 4 Nobles County Deputies. The Officers assigned to the unit specialize in: high risk entry, hostage rescue, chemical munitions, multiple types of weaponry, negotiation techniques, less lethal options, APC usage, riot control and 2 sniper/scout teams.

The Worthington/Nobles County ERU is responsible for handling a multitude of situations including: hostage subjects, suicidal persons, high risk warrant services, barricaded subjects and other public disturbances. ERU Officers receive approximately 80 hours of additional training during the fiscal year. Each Officer applies for duty as a member of the ERU. Each team member must gain a high level of experience in tactical operations prior to their use as a primary team member. There is additional Range Training and scenario training held each month.

Click here for more information and pictures of the ERU in training.