By OPEC Staff

Crisis Response Teams from High Desert State Prison (HDSP), the California Correctional Center (CCC), Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP), Folsom State Prison (FSP) and California State Prison, Sacramento, (SAC) participated recently in the third annual North State Regional Joint SWAT Training.

Ten training stations were set up at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office training center north of Oroville, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The event featured live-fire and dry-fire training.

The HDSP, CCC Crisis Response Teams participated in:

• Land Navigation

• Close Quarters Battle (CQB)/Hostage Rescue (Live Fire/Shoot House)

• Long Gun/Advanced Rifle Skills Live Fire Station

• Homicide Bomber Recognition (Classroom); Booby Trap Recognition

The SAC, FSP, MCSP Crisis Response Teams participated in:

• CQB/Hostage Rescue/Low Light /Alternative Breach Point

• Long Gun/Advanced Rifle Skills Live Fire Station

• Bus Assault/Hostage Rescue

• Vehicle Assault/Hostage Rescue

About 150 officers from 12 agencies participated, the sheriff’s spokesman said.

CDCR’s Crisis Response Teams not only provide security for the agency’s institutions but also respond to events in the communities near their facilities.

In February, for example, a negotiator from the team at Sierra Conservation Center persuaded a barricaded suicidal man to surrender peacefully.

In December, a drug-addled arson suspect surrendered peacefully in Blythe and a man he had taken hostage was released safely with the help of the team from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.

Below are some photos from the exercise.