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Tactical Response Team / Negotiators
The Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team (MLRTRT) was formed in 1999 to meet the special policing needs of the community. It began as an entry team of five personnel and now consists of 15 officers from the Moses Lake Police Department, Grant County Sheriff's Department, Adams County Sheriff's Department, Moses Lake Fire Department, and Othello Police Department.

The Moses Lake Police Department is the parent agency for the tactical response team. The team is led by the team commander, Adams County Under sheriff Coronado, and three team leaders, MLPD Detective Hintz, MLPD Officer Buescher, and MLPD Sergeant McCain. New members are appointed to the team based on available openings and only after completing a competitive examination consisting of physical fitness, firearms, and an oral board.

The team uses specialized equipment and tools to resolve dangerous, tense, rapidly evolving situations as safely as possible. These  include 40mm less than lethal munitions, Noise Flash Diversionary Devices, and chemical agents. The Grant County Sheriff's Office supplies two armored vehicles that provide protection for the team and the ability to rescue citizens from dangerous environments.

Responsibilities & Incidents
The tactical response team comprises entry and perimeter personnel, marksmen observer teams, and a tactical medic. The team is supported by a six-person separate crisis negotiations team. The negotiators are responsible for providing suspect communication to help resolve volatile situations. The majority of the tactical operators train a minimum of 16 hours a month while the marksman observers train 20 hours a month. The team is trained in special weapons, equipment, and tactics.

The tactical response team responds to approximately 15-20 critical incidents per year in Grant and Adams counties. Those critical incidents include:
  • Barricaded suspects
  • High-risk arrest warrants
  • High-risk search warrants
  • Hostage situations
  • Personnel protection
  • Specialty assignments

By working and training together, the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team has developed an experienced, dedicated group of officers who are capable of providing the response and services need to keep our communities safe.