Emergency Response Team
The Boerne Police Department has 10 officers dedicated to the Boerne Emergency Response Team (BERT). The BERT is commanded by Captain Steve Perez and Lieutenant Mitch Scoggins. The training has been intensified as our community continues to grow rapidly. Our ultimate goal is to be the best prepared that we can be in the event of a high risk situation.
This team is divided into two units; a negotiations unit and a tactical unit, both of which work together to preserve life and keep citizens safe through combined tactics. Members of the negotiations unit have been through specialized training geared specifically towards negotiations. The negotiations unit trains on hostage negotiations, planning/gathering intelligence and other intricate details, ultimately working towards a non-lethal resolution.
Members of the tactical unit that will be utilized in a high risk or crisis situation have been through specialized training and are certified SWAT operators. Also within the tactical unit, members are held to a higher standard of physical fitness due to the demanding nature of tactical operations. The tactical unit trains in areas such as breaching and entering buildings, clearing buildings, call-out type scenarios, officer extraction, high-risk warrant service, and firearms to name a few. The Boerne Police Department acquired an armored vehicle (MRAP) through the Military's 10-33 Program which is a government program that distributes vehicles/equipment that the military no longer uses, to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. This vehicle was acquired not only to assist the efforts of law enforcement when responding to high risk incidents such as active shooters, barricaded subjects, and high-risk search warrants, but also as a rescue vehicle. The operational deployment of this rescue vehicle shall be undertaken only as a lifesaving measure. The new rescue vehicle will be utilized to respond to a natural disaster or catastrophic event without a criminal nexus (e.g. hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, and wildfire) where lifesaving access to areas that cannot otherwise be achieved is critical. The rescue vehicle may also be used to transport injured police officers or civilian victims to a hospital or trauma center if necessary for urgent medical purposes. There are many benefits to having this vehicle which includes a safe transport of law enforcement personnel during deployment.