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Crisis Containment Unit
About The Team
The Moline/East Moline Crisis Containment Unit is a multi-jurisdictional tactical team comprised of police officers who have advanced training in special tactics and weaponry, crisis negotiations, and tactical emergency medical support. The team includes approximately thirty police officers who serve in roles as tactical entry team members, tactical marksmen, team leaders, a tactical commander, and crisis situation negotiators.  Two experienced tactical emergency dispatchers provide specialized field communications to the unit.  Each member serves a specific critical role, but the members of the team collectively contribute to the success of each mission.  Browse through pictures of the Crisis Containment Unit.

In 2016, the Crisis Containment Unit (CCU) was utilized on 35 occasions. The number of team activations varies each year.  The majority of activations were to serve search warrants for controlled substances and weapons offenses at locations with elevated risk factors such as fortifications, armed individuals, aggressive dogs, and/or person(s) with violent criminal histories.   The Unit has assisted with the apprehension of suspects wanted on warrants for crimes of a violent nature, including murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, parole violations, and criminal sexual assaults.  The Unit has taken numerous weapons and drugs off the streets.  The team is also utilized during presidential details, as well as other dignitary details. The team has just completed 29 years of service.  To date, there have been no civilians or members of the Unit seriously injured during any of these high-risk incidents. 

The Crisis Containment Unit has frequently assisted in the apprehension of suspects wanted on warrants for crimes of a violent nature, including murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, parole violations, hostage barricaded situations, and criminal sexual assaults. The unit has taken numerous weapons and drugs off the streets. CCU team members also serve as instructors at the annual Citizens Police Academy and the Basic Emergency Services Team class.

All newly selected members to the Unit are required to attend a 40-hour basic SWAT school.  After attending the basic SWAT school, those new members are required to train with senior team members for several months prior to becoming active members on the team.  To maintain their skills, all team members are required to participate in regularly scheduled monthly training.  Training topics include practice related to high risk warrant service, hostage/barricade situations, range and weapons proficiency, and individual tasks that may be assigned to each team member.

Region # 2 Special Response Team
One member of the unit also serves on the State of Illinois, Region # 2 Special Response Team (SRT).  He receives additional training and equipment to enable response to terrorist events that may involved chemical, biological, or nuclear substances, which is beneficial to the entire team. State and Federal funds support the SRT. The Crisis Containment Unit also has one member who is specially trained and assigned to the Quad City Bomb Squad.

A federally funded highly sophisticated camera equipped robot awarded to the team has proven invaluable. The robot is used in high risk situations and is capable of assisting in clearing rooms and located armed suspects. Rock Island County's fully armored Bear Cat vehicle is also available when needed for armed encounters or other dangerous situations. This vehicle can transport an entire team and has all terrain capability.

All of these added resources enable the Crisis Containment Unit to contend with dangerous situations and suspects and aid in maintaining public safety.