Correctional Emergency Response Team Law and Legal Definition

A Correctional Emergency Response Team is a group of corrections officer in the U.S. who are given specialized training to respond to incidents, riots, cell extractions, mass searches, or disturbances in prisons. They are also known as CERT. Such teams often handle violent and uncooperative prison inmates.

In the U.S., CERT organization and the training requirements vary from state to state. However, team spirit, motivation, and rich experience are some of the main qualities of CERT team members. CERT members must be easily contactable, and available to respond to emergencies in the prison. Duties of CERT members vary depending upon the crisis they have to handle. They are generally involved in the transport of high profile and high risk inmates.