Tactical Response Unit

There are currently eight officers, one Sergeant and two Captains that serve in the unit. Although considered an auxiliary function to regular patrol duties, officers remain prepared to respond to calls both on and off-duty.


The Tactical Response Unit (TRU) was established in 1995 to address concerns for responding to high-risks calls for service. This unit is used for

  • Barricaded persons
  • Civil disturbance
  • Dignitary protection
  • High-risk warrants
  • Hostage situations
  • Mentally ill persons
  • Narcotic searches
  • Other unusual circumstances

Gear & Equipment

At Frankfort Police Departmant each TRU member is issued safety and specialty equipment that includes Protech tactical ballistic vest, helmet, Kenwood portable radio with New Eagle headset, gasmask, and a variety of BDUs and foul weather gear. Officers use the department issued Glock 0.40 caliber pistol as a backup to the AR-15 Patrol Rifle. Other weapons available include Remington 870 and 1187 12-gauge shotguns and the Remington 700 0.308 caliber rifle. 

The team has a wide variety of Defense Technology chemical agents and less-lethal products. Hand launched and 37 millimeter projectiles of OC, CS, CN, and smoke are available. Number 25 distraction devices, 12 gauge and 40 millimeter beanbags and rubber balls are also alternatives to using deadly force. The team often works with the Narcotics and Detectives Division in the service of warrants. It also works closely with the Negotiations Unit during barricaded or mentally ill person calls. The unit averages 10 to 20 warrant assists and two to three barricade situations a year. 

Search & Rescue

In 2011, the TRU obtained certification in Search and Rescue. Since that certification, the team has assisted in many S&R missions both locally and in support of other agencies. Officers also assist individually or in smaller groups to many patrol incidents. Mutual aid cooperation has involved the unit in assisting other local, State, and Federal agencies. The team strives to train and perform in a manner that promotes safety for all persons and has resulted in many successful responses to critical incidents.