Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT)
Fast, effective and efficient law enforcement incident response and recovery has been a long-term goal and objective of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
How We Operate
On a day-to-day basis, Sheriff’s stations and bureaus meet the demands of law enforcement calls for services and the special needs of the citizens of the county of Riverside and the contract cities utilizing a response concept based on station geographic and demographic boundaries.
On a routine basis, law enforcement incident commanders, whether deputies, supervisors or commanders, request and receive station and Sheriff's Department resources to meet the requirements of the incident. These resources may come from other stations and bureaus, county departments, or the state or federal government depending on the requirements of the incident and availability of resources. SERT functions as the management group for those resources.
As the requirements and demands of county and city law enforcement services increase, incidents become more complex and of a longer duration, incidents require a greater degree of incident management and additional resources not readily accessible to the stations.
SERT Operations Staff
SERT Bureau is staffed by full time sworn members who work as emergency managers. They are supported by volunteer subject matter experts known as Sheriff’s Technical Specialists. The SERT Bureau manages the Department Operations Center and the department’s fleet of Mobile Command Posts. These resources provide incident support and technical services on a 24/7 basis.
The SERT Bureau responds several times a week to in progress incidents affecting the county and to critical incidents and emergencies in other counties at the request of their Sheriffs as well as to scheduled events such as the Temecula Wine and Balloon Festival, March Air Force Base Airfest, public safety, emergency management and community safety fairs, checkpoints and other large public gatherings of all types.
SERT Bureau’s primary mission is to assist and provide services and support to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Riverside County and the first responder community.
If you have an expertise in emergency management, logistics, grant writing or other specialty and have an interest to serve as a volunteer SERT Bureau Sheriff’s Technical Specialist, please contact the Sheriff’s Department Local Volunteer Coordinator for the area in which you wish to work.