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Special Response Team
The Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars Special Response Team (SRT) is a tactical team consisting of officers from the Le Mars Police Department, deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office and the Sioux County Sheriff's Office. The Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars SRT was formed under the direction of Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo and Le Mars Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga in 2000 and Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena in 2011 to provide for the coordination and effective use of departmental resources from all agencies.

The mission of the Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars SRT is to save lives. This has been accomplished through the development of a team that is self-disciplined, experienced and well trained. Officers assigned to the Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars SRT attend monthly in-house training, covering basic and advanced firearms, high risk search and arrest warrant execution, vehicle take downs and barricaded subject calls. In addition, officers also receive training throughout the state of Iowa in advanced firearms, active shooter response and clandestine lab response. Since its inception, the Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars SRT has not had a serious injury or loss of life to any suspects, victims or team members.

Over the last nine years, the Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars SRT has responded to an armed barricaded subject that had threatened the lives of two Plymouth County Deputies, numerous high risk narcotic search warrants where weapons were suspected, two active clandestine meth labs and the execution of several high risk arrest warrants. In addition, individual team members have assisted outside agencies from the local, county, state and federal levels with similar situations.

Sheriff Altena said this partnership has been extremely beneficial, ultimately increasing public safety for Sioux County.