Sheriff Department

Correctional Engagement Response Team

Capt. Klint Thorne
703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Administration: (616) 632-6400
Inmate Information: (616) 632-6300

The Kent County Correctional Engagement Response Team was formed in 2002 to handle unruly inmates and assist the line staff in a safer and more coordinated manner.

CERT is a team of highly trained Correctional Officers who specialize in Self Defense Tactics, Cell Extractions, High Risk Transports and Riot Control utilizing special equipment and weapons. The team also assists line staff with the shakedown of cells where the probability of finding weapons is high. The team averages 25 activations a year to a variety of incidents.