Fresno Police Department now has a new active shooter task force.
They’re referred to as the Delta Team.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer says it’s in response to the mass shootings happening across the country like in Orlando, Dallas, and even here in San Bernardino.
The task force was created a week ago.
Saturday the newly formed active shooter task force successfully carried out its first emergency call: a fresno woman held hostage by her ex-boyfriend.
“We are essentially out there for ambushes, terrorist attacks and active shooters,” said Marty True, Sergeant.
Sergeant True is on the Delta Team and helped safely rescue the woman held hostage.
“The quicker you can have people there with proper training and proper equipment, the less likely you will have lives lost or injuries occur,” said Sergeant True.
That’s why Chief Jerry Dyer formed the Delta Team.
A small group of swat members ready to respond to an emergency.
“We don’t have every single swat team member on duty every day every hour of the day, but we have an element, a small team of swat members that are out there that can respond in a moments notice until the rest of the swat team can get there,” said Chief Dyer.
Dyer says the Delta Team will not have a strong community presence, but will secretly patrol the streets hoping tragedy never happens, but ready if it does.
“I think it’s a sad statement that we have to do that, but that’s unfortunately the times that we live in,” said Sergeant True.
Chief Dyer says the delta team will be available seven days a week 24 hours in the day.
The also says the team didn’t cost tax payers any extra money because they used swat members who are already a part of the force.