Tactical Apprehension & Confrontation (TAC) Team
Lt. Justin DeBoode oversees the Sheriff’s 30-member Tactical Apprehension and Confrontation Team (TAC Team)
Recognizing presence of a highly trained, highly skilled police tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers and suspects; and recognizing that a well-managed “team” response to critical incidents usually results in successful resolution of critical incidents, it is the intent of the Kent County Sheriff Department Tactical Apprehension and Confrontation (TAC) Team to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for the Kent County Sheriff Department in the handling of critical incident.
TAC members are trained and equipped to respond to many critical incidents including, but not limited to, hostage situations, barricaded armed subjects refusing to surrender, conducting arrest and search warrants for dangerous felons, and providing dignitary protection.
Team members have specific duties. Thirteen of the team members are assigned to the entry team, responsible for entries into locations to apprehend suspects or rescue hostages. Ten team members are assigned to a perimeter unit which includes four highly trained marksmen. They are responsible for securing perimeters at a scene and relaying vital information to other team members as well as a command post. Seven team members are assigned to the hostage negotiation team and are responsible for communicating with suspects to stabilize a dangerous situation and convince a suspect to surrender peacefully.