Columbia-Greene Shared Services Response Team (SSRT)

Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett and City of Hudson Police Chief Edward Moore announce the formation of the Columbia-Greene Shared Services Response Team. The SSRT is comprised of Deputy Sheriff’s and Police Officers who receive specialized  training to provide a tactical response to critical incidents and other specialized assignments and emergencies within Columbia and Greene counties.

The SSRT was formed after guidelines adopted by New York State placed more stringent requirements and standards on tactical teams. Sheriff Bartlett and Chief Moore realized that they could not meet the new State standards individually. They were in agreement that together a Response Team could be formed that met the standards and would not put additional financial and manpower burdens on their agencies. Although there are many multi-jurisdictional teams within New York State, it is believed that CGSSRT is the first multi-County team in operation.  

By sharing services, the SSRT provides a local resource that residents can depend on to respond quickly to critical incidents and emergencies directly affecting them. Without this unit, we would have to rely on Teams from out of the area which may or may not be available due to other circumstances, such as the search for the prison escapees, and which would take longer to arrive.

The SSRT Team must qualify in physical agility and firearm proficiency, must complete a rigorous two week training by the FBI and then continual monthly training to be members of the team, all volunteering to be ready at a moments notice even when off duty.  Knowing that they may be called on to respond to a violent or otherwise critical incident, the members of the SSRT Team take their job and training seriously.  The team has responded to incidents such as hostage situations, barricaded subjects, high risk search and arrest and high risk building entries.