The Muscatine County Sheriff’s office completed a training at the Kent Corporation Headquarters on Sunday, June 25th from Noon to 6:00 pm. The training helped law enforcement prepare their sixteen member Special Response Team (SRT) for potential critical incidents and highly volatile situations. This exercise is part of their systemic preparation to save lives in Muscatine County.
Kent Corporation is extremely proud to support the Muscatine County Sheriff in this training. In addition to the use of our facility, The Kent Charitable Foundation has donated $40,956.80 for strategic protective equipment to aide in their efforts. The protective equipment included tactical ballistic vests, armor plates, as well as magazine, utility, and radio pouches. This donation will allow all members of the SRT to carry out their duties in a safer manner for the next 5 to 10 years.
The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services to nearly 43,000 citizens, including the City of Muscatine, as well as rural Muscatine County and the smaller cities in Muscatine County. In 2009, they recognized that the presence of a highly-trained and highly-skilled SRT has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, peace officers and suspects during the conduct of law enforcement special operations. Prior to 2009 the Muscatine County Sheriff’s office relied on the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team. In 2015 the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office formed a Multi-Agency team, under the command of the Sheriff’s Office. It is comprised of members of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, West Liberty Police Department, Atalissa Police Department, Conesville Police Department, Durant Police Department, Muscatine County Sheriff’s Patrol and Muscatine County Emergency Management Agency. All members attend ongoing tactical training and complete a yearly physical fitness test and firearms qualifications.