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Area police join forces to form SERT team

The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement
Standard-issue equipment used by the Johnson County Sheriff’s tactical team. The department plans to join forces with members of the North Liberty and Coralville police departments to create a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), to be deployed for high-risk operations. (photo by Cale Stelken)

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY—The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is joining two local law enforcement agencies to create a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement departments to handle emergency situations.
“This is for high-risk operations. It will be a tactical team,” explained North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga. “It will be making entries into homes, residents, buildings, schools when needed for hostage situations, barricaded subjects, high-risk entry on search warrants.”

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