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Special Operations oversees internal processes that support the Facilities Division's primary task of supervising offenders. Among these specialized units are:
GDC Tactical Squads
There are currently a total of 26 Tactical Squads. There are 23 Tactical Squads assigned to facilities throughout the state. There are also 3 regional Interdiction Response Teams (North, Southeast, and Southwest). Each squad has 11 Correctional Officers, who receive extensive training on riot and crowd control, firearms, chemical munitions, and other less than lethal munitions. This staff is also responsible for hostage rescue. Both Tactical Squads and regionally assigned Hostage Negotiators have received training for dealing with hostage situations.
Correctional Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
There are currently 27 CERT Teams based at facilities across the state. Each team has one team leader and four correctional officers; total of five members. Each team receives extensive training on managing non-compliant offenders in day-to- day facility operations. CERT staff also receives advanced training in cell extractions, chemical munitions and less lethal escorts and transports, inmate searches, interview and interrogation techniques, and security threat groups.
GDC is a part of the state's overall law enforcement and criminal justice system. The role of the Interagency Liaison is to maintain and strengthen those ties by serving on interagency task forces and representing the agency in state and national level policy meetings.