Brinks Donates Truck To Sheriff Special Response Team

Brinks Donates Truck To Sheriff Special Response Team

  • 8/11/2017 2:22:18 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

CRAWFORD COUNTY, OHIO-  Seeing an increase in drug availability and a number of firearms being seized during drug investigations, Sheriff Scott Kent, Galion Police Chief Brian Saterfield, Bucyrus Police Chief David Koepke and Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall formed a Special Response Team. (S.R.T.)

The team is equipped and assigned to resolve critical incidents involving threats to the community which would otherwise exceed the capabilities of traditional law enforcement first responders. This team has been utilized in several drug investigations, and is called upon whenever a high-risk search warrant is executed.

Each agency chooses law enforcement officers from their agency. All team members receive specialized training. The team trains together and is an available resource to all law enforcement agencies in the county. Each agency is responsible to providing adequate training and equipment for their officers.

Bucyrus City and Galion City Fire Departments have also added members to the team, allowing medics to be on scene, in case of a medical emergency.

One area of concern for Sheriff Kent was the ability to transport the entire team in a vehicle that provided an adequate level of protection for the responding officers. We were looking for a vehicle that would provide protection on calls ranging from active shooter situations to rescue missions. The Sheriff’s Office got creative after the Obama Administration restricted certain armored vehicles from the 1033 program, which allowed State and local law enforcement agencies the opportunity to obtain excess federal property at little or no cost.

Detectives reached out to Brinks Inc. to see if their armored vehicles ever come up for sale. Brinks was very supportive of the idea of one of their trucks being used in law enforcement. Their motto is, “Brinks Supports First Responders”. Brinks was more than happy to assist the Sheriff’s Office and donated a 2004 International armored truck.

Deputies went to the Lucas County and with the help of the Crawford County Engineer’s Office, brought the truck back to Crawford County. Replacement parts and repairs were donated by Carroll’s Truck Parts in Crestline and Flick’s Truck Service in Galion. SRT members did the prep work and the County Highway Garage painted the vehicle and installed the warning lights. All additional costs were paid for with mandatory drug fines and forfeited drug money.

Several members on the Special Response Team are also members of METRICH, a 10-county decentralized task force in North Central Ohio. Sheriff Kent is the board chairman of METRICH. This team has been successful in combating illegal drug use in Crawford County and as a result of a county-wide collaborated effort, Crawford County has seen a decrease in other crimes that are usually associated with drug use.

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