Date: October 3, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

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. Michael Schoch.

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.

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