In 1996, the Los Angeles School Police Department formed its
first Critical Response Team (CRT) as a warrant service and dignitary
protection entity. Today the mission of the Critical Response Team has grown
due to a steady increase of school shootings, workplace violence, and growing
concerns of terrorist threats throughout the United States. The focus of
the CRT is service-based by supporting, assisting, and training LASPD personnel
in their role as first responders to critical incidents, which affect the
safety of the students and staff of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The CRT provides LASPD personnel with advanced training and
tactics in areas such as Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD) for active
shooters, Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC), and
Mobile Field Force (MFF)/crowd control, etc. The CRT also works with the LASPD
K-9 Unit in high risk searches and assists the LASPD Detective Unit in serving
search warrants. The CRT also provides mutual aide assistance to our
various law enforcement partners during unusual occurrences.
The assignment to CRT is ancillary to the primary duties of
LASPD personnel. To be selected for the CRT, LASPD personnel must undergo a
rigorous series of qualifications (e.g., physical agility, shooting
qualification, practical assessments, etc.).
The dedicated members of the CRT have an
extensive background in teaching and training personnel and they are committed
to supporting and developing the men and women of the LASPD who are the first
responders during a crisis to protect the students and staff of the LAUSD.