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Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Sergio DeSousarosa, Warden - Central Office
Phone: (401) 462-0670

John Prior, CERT Commander

39 Howard Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-3007
Fax: (401) 462-2108

The Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a voluntary unit made up of correctional officers whose mission is to neutralize disturbances; handle critical incidents; respond to incidents which require additional manpower, equipment, and specialized skillsets; and to enhance teamwork outside the standard training and resources of line correctional officers. The CERT Team is also utilized to assist with other contingencies which may arise at any of our facilities and to assist outside law enforcement agencies. The CERT Team members are specially equipped and trained and use only necessary and reasonable force to maintain good order and ensure sound security protocols.

The CERT consists of the following specialized units:

  • Tactical Response Team (TRT)
  • Special Reaction Team (SRT)
  • Less Lethal Team
  • Chemical Munitions (CMU)
  • K-9
  • Breaching Team