Anti-Crime, Tactical & Training Unit
The Anti-Crime, Tactical & Training Unit or ACT-T, is a diverse group of Sheriff's office employees who "fill in the void" when it comes to numerous tasks that the Sheriff's Office is faced with. Made up of several dedicated "full time" employees and augmented by other departmental employees who have other full time responsibilities, the ACT-T unit is comprised of officers who have extensive training and experience in handling some of the most difficult, complex, and routinely dangerous situations. Often, the unit simply handles task that simply don't fit the job descriptions of other divisions.
The "Anti-Crime" component consists of the unit's responsibility to take a proactive approach to preventing crime within the parish. More than just patrolling neighborhoods in an attempt to deter crime, the unit directs its focus on target areas within the parish. Armed with information compiled from a variety of sources, the unit's goal is to be in places where the crime is most likely to occur, at the time it is most likely to happen. No crime, of course, is completely predictable. By narrowing the focus through analysis of intelligence, however, we can increase the probability of being in the right place at the right time, and in turn, increase the probability of preventing crime.
The "Tactical" component of the unit relies on the assistance of other departmental employees for many situations. On call 24-7, the unit is available to provide assistance in any number of situations that may exceed the training, manpower, or equipment required to effectively respond to the situation. Tasks include, but are not limited to, responding to hostage, barricaded subject, or active shooter situations; recovery of escaped fugitives; response to bomb threats, bombings, or deployment of weapons of mass destruction; search and rescue missions; executive or witness protection details; high-risk prisoner transport; and execution of high-risk search and arrest warrants.
The "Training" component of the unit is a natural by-product of having a wealth of knowledge and experience in such a small unit. Most ACT-T personnel are certified instructors in many aspects of law enforcement; all possess knowledge and training that benefits not only the unit, but also other divisions within the department. This knowledge is shared during in-service training and academy sessions.
Above all, the unit is here for any division that needs additional manpower, equipment, or just some simple advice. By maintaining a network of contacts within the law enforcement and criminal justice community, the ACT-T unit will find a solution to every problem no matter what the situation.