The Maine State Police Tactical Team was formed in June of 1980. The unit consisted of a handful of State Troopers armed with limited equipment and provided support to law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Maine.
Presently, the Tactical Team consists of 23 members, counting the Team Leaders. These Troopers, Detectives and Sergeants have primary responsibilities in a Troop or other unit within the Maine State Police agency. The Tactical Team is a secondary function, which defines the unit as a collateral duty Team. The current Team has 19 Tactical operators, 2 Tactical K9 units and 2 Tactical Medics. The members are geographically located throughout the State of Maine, which provides assistance/support to requesting law enforcement agencies, including the State Police.
The Tactical Team works in conjunction with the Maine State Police Crisis Negotiation Team to safely resolve critical incidents, which include barricaded subjects, wanted felons, high-risk K-9 tracks, hostage situations and high-risk warrant services. Over the past few years, the Tactical Team has responded to between 60 and 70 calls for service per year.
In addition, the Tactical Team instructs students at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, provides support to Federal agencies for Homeland Security issues and works in conjunction with other local, state and county law enforcement agencies.
Another unique trait about the Maine State Police Tactical Team is the partnership in the Maine Maritime Security Team. This Team consists of the Tactical Team and Maine Marine Patrol working in conjunction to protect the vast coastline of Maine. This unique collaboration of agencies has gained nationwide attention in the homeland security arena as one of the only joint teams of it's kind.
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