The South Simcoe Police Emergency Response Unit, (E.R.U.) consists of 12 sworn members. The officers selected for this unit carry out their regularly assigned duties when not deployed on a tactical call for service. The team has swiftly and effectively handled several high risk arrests to date.
Their purpose is to provide the citizens of our communities with a trained resource to effectively and safely contain and control a volatile situation. The team will respond to hostage situations, barricaded persons, gun calls and high risk search warrants. The E.R.U. is a police team with advanced training in specialized weapons and tactics, and in handling difficult situations with the utmost concern for the preservation of human life. This unit’s mandate is the resolution of high risk situations using minimum force.
The team carries a reputation for being professional and effective in performing their duties. They are often utilized by nearby police Services to assist with large scale investigations involving high risk search warrants.
The team updates their skills through regular training with our policing partners at the York Regional Police and the Canadian Forces. Team members are skilled at suspect apprehension using many tools, including the use of conducted energy weapons (TASER), less lethal options, and team extraction techniques.