Bossier Sheriff’s CERT Fares Well in Annual Competition

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May 22, 2024 by Ryan Hadden

Ten members of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) attended the 2024 Mock Prison Riot in Moundsville, West Virginia, from April 27th to May 1st. The Mock Prison Riot is a four-day, comprehensive law enforcement and corrections tactical and technology experience, including training scenarios, technology demonstrations, certification workshops, a Skills Competition, and unlimited opportunities for feedback, networking, and camaraderie on an international scale.
The Bossier CERT team competed in the skills competition that included 5 scenarios where the team members had to rescue hostages in a prison riot setting, they must utilize their skills, training and advance tactics to complete each timed scenario. The scenarios include hostage rescue, tourniquet applications, less lethal munitions use, stressful decision-making ability and speed and accuracy. The Bossier team took 3rd place in the Recover, Breach and Secure, 3rd place in the Lumber Jack and an overall 4th place in skills competition. Sergeant Nikki Emerson competed in the individual Iron Operator challenge and was the only female to compete. Sergeant Joe Normand took home 1st place in the pepper ball challenge winning the CERT team a pepper ball gun.
In attendance at this year’s Mock Prison Riot were 26 competition teams, and over 50 scenario teams from all over the US and 12 international teams that competed in the Skill Competition and Scenario demonstrations. The Bossier Sheriff’s Office team was able to observe the other teams during the training and demonstration scenarios to view new and different tactics and improve on their existing tactics. Along with the competition the team was able to bring back numerous instructor level certifications and training certificates that were offered in the workshops. The Mock Prison Riot is the only venue of its kind where corrections officers can touch, see, and actually deploy technologies under real-world conditions.