The Douglas County SORT team was established to provide the detention facility a specialized group of Deputies to handle situations that may be beyond the scope of the day to day functions of on duty detention staff.
Membership in the SORT team is both voluntary and very selective. Team members must pass a rigorous physical standard, a review of past performance, a recommendation by their immediate supervisor and a screening by current team leaders. Candidates must be able to display a psychological ability to deal with extreme stress situations with appropriate and controlled response. All members perform their regular duties as a Deputy and respond to emergencies as needed on an on call basis. Members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The SORT team is tasked to perform the following operations: restore order to a pod or dayroom, remove barricaded inmates from a cell, transport inmates who are a greater risk to the public, and other tasks deemed necessary by the Detention division Captain.
The SORT team is provided specialized training and weapons to help accomplish these goals. Training occurs, on average, bi weekly. Training is very demanding both physically and emotionally with real life scenarios being the primary focus.