Tactical Apprehension & Confrontation (TAC) Team
Lt. Troy Woodwyk oversees the Sheriff’s 30 member Tactical Apprehension and Confrontation Team (TAC Team).
Recognizing presence of a highly trained, highly skilled police tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers and suspects; and recognizing that a well-managed “team “ response to critical incidents usually results in successful resolution of critical incidents, it is the intent of the Kent County Sheriff Department Tactical Apprehension and Confrontation (TAC) Team to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for the Kent County Sheriff Department in the handling of critical incident.
TAC members are trained and equipped to respond to a number of critical incidents including, but not limited to, hostage situations, barricaded armed subjects refusing to surrender, conducting arrest and search warrants for dangerous felons, and providing dignitary protection.
Team members have specific duties. Thirteen of the team members are assigned to the entry team, responsible for entries into locations to apprehend suspects or rescue hostages. Ten team members are assigned to a perimeter unit which includes four highly trained marksmen. They are responsible for securing perimeters at a scene and relaying vital information to other team members as well as a command post. Seven team members are assigned to the hostage negotiation team and are responsible for communicating with suspects in an attempt to stabilize a dangerous situation and convince a suspect to surrender peacefully.
In February, members attended a two day mechanical breaching course hosted by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and taught by instructors of the National Tactical Officers Association.
In April, members of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department TAC team competed in the annual tactical shooting competition hosted by the West Michigan Tactical Officers Association. The competition consisted of five individual stages of fire that stressed different shooting skills including shooting on the move, precision fire, support hand shooting, and positional shooting. All stages were completed with two officers shooting the stage as a coordinated team. Over 60 SWAT officers from around the state participated in the shoot. Several KSCD teams received awards after the scores were totaled.
In September, three new officers were assigned to the tactical unit and attended the week long Basic SWAT training course in Alpena.
In October, members of our sniper team competed in the West Michigan Tactical Officers Association sniper competition held in northern Kent County. Only the top three snipers were awarded out of 30 participants. Our officers all finished in the top ten.
In October, our negotiator members attended the annual Michigan Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference and had the opportunity to collaborate and network with other negotiators from around the State of Michigan.
The Kent County Sheriff Department obtained an armored vehicle in 2015. The vehicle is able to withstand a shot from a high powered rifle. The vehicle will be utilized to transport tactical members in a hazardous environment, extricate and/or rescue injured officers/civilians, respond to natural disasters, communicate with suspects from a close range and deliver communications, medical supplies or food to suspects and/or victims.
Tactical Team Responses for 2016
Hostage Rescue Deployment - 1
High Risk Search/Arrest Warrant - 3
Drug Search Warrant - 2
VIP Security Detail - 3
Patrol Deployments * - 18
TOTAL - 30
*Patrol deployments –partial team deployment by on duty patrol deputies who are team members and carry a portion of their tactical gear with them while on duty. In the event of a potential tactical situation occurring, they are the first to respond and often times can diffuse a volatile situation without the need for further intervention.