The Emergency Response Team deals with situations where extreme danger/firearms are above the ability of detachments or other policing partners. Team members are highly trained and are specialized experts in weapons and a variety of tactics.
ERT members respond day or night, in all types of terrain, locations and weather conditions. When there are multiple calls in one day response is prioritized according to threat.
Management of BC RCMP’s ERT teams is based out of provincial RCMP headquarters in Surrey, BC. But most ERT team members start and end their shifts at 12 different detachment/locations.
Lower Mainland ERT members are full time, and cover the entire geographic area, from Pemberton to Hope. The team is also integrated with partner municipal agencies, and serves the communities of New Westminster, Port Moody and Delta.
In Northern BC, Vancouver Island, and Southeastern BC the ERT Teams are based out of centralized locations. Some team members are full time, and when ERT is needed the response is coordinated with other specialized resources (like dogs).