October 3, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Recent Riot Brings
Focus to Polk County Sheriff's Office Detention Disturbance Team (DDT)
When a recent riot
occurred at a local youth detention facility in Avon Park, the Polk County
Sheriff's Office called upon its Detention Disturbance
Team (DDT). Shortly after arriving on scene, the group of specially
trained detention deputies entered the facility and arrested 21
individuals for inciting a riot.
Instances like this one highlight why the Polk County Sheriff's Office has
specialty units at its disposal.
The Detention Disturbance Team (DDT) is a specialty
unit trained in the use of special weapons and tactics, specifically
non-lethal force within detention facilities. It uses non-lethal weapons
such as chemical agents, impact munitions, and electronic restraint
devices to regain control of a situation. Special tactics used
include different ways to enter a building, ways to handle inmates,
and intelligence gathering.
The goal of the team is to handle emergency situations such as riots,
disturbances , and hostage situations within a detention facility without
great bodily harm to inmates. The safety of team members, other
detention staff, and hostages also is a top priority , as is minimizing
property damage during an incident. Our job is to come in via our
special training, and regain control over the situation with the least
possible injuries to the DDT members and inmates, said DDT Commander Lt.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office DDT consists of 16 members, including 1
bailiff, 2 boot-camp drill instructors, and 13 detention deputies.
It has been in existence for approximately 15 years.