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After a high profile use of force to conduct a search warrant in Des Moines, Ankeny police and the members of SERT have come under increased scrutiny. But what is SERT?

What: SERT stands for Suburban Emergency Response Team.

Members: The team is comprised of law enforcement departments from Altoona, Ankeny, Clive, Johnston, Urbandale and West Des Moines.

When: In mid-2010, the metro cities agreed to consolidate the part-time police tactical teams formed by the cities of Urbandale and West Des Moines to “provide specialized tactical and crisis negotiation responses to critical incidents and high risk situations.” Ankeny signed the agreement on May 3, 2010.

Who: Members from the various law enforcement agencies make up the team led by commander Sgt. Royal Kerchee. SERT is made up of entry teams, a crisis intervention team, snipers and a medical team.  Ankeny police has five members assigned to SERT including two snipers, two entry team members and one hostage negotiator.

Liability: Each member’s agency is responsible and has liability for the officers in SERT.

How long: The current agreement is set to expire June 30, 2015.


  • Susan

    another very poorly written article. when it lists the cities that have SERT, it does not list Ankeny. then if you read a little further, it says Ankeny has 5 members assigned to SERT. Apparently now that so much news is done online, there is no such thing as editing. It is appalling to me how many misspellings, incorrect use of words (there/their, your/you’re, etc) and how much mis information you see in ‘news’ stories now adays. Many articles (not just here, several news agencies do it) are not written as well as my 5th graders lit paper.

  • Questions still....

    Even with Jurisdiction answered… where was DMPD when this happened… and how would they have handled it!>???!??

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