Tri-County Emergency Response Team formed

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Five Northwest Iowa Law Enforcement agencies in Cherokee, Plymouth and Sioux Counties are proud to announce the formation of the Tri-County Combined Emergency Response Team (CERT). Partner entities include the Sheriff’s Departments for Sioux, Plymouth and Cherokee Counties, and the Police Departments for the Cities of Le Mars and Cherokee.

Previous to this agreement, there was a task force which formed in 2011 that involved Le Mars Police Department, and Plymouth and Sioux County Sheriff’s Departments. Now that the two additional agencies of Cherokee County Sheriff and Cherokee Police Department have joined, the task force is being re-formed as the Tri-County CERT.

The joint powers agreement (28E) has now been approved by three County Boards of Supervisors and two City Councils. The agreement was filed with the Iowa Secretary of State on the afternoon of December 18, 2017.

Purpose of this agreement is to have a combined special response team, with emphasis for hazardous law enforcement situations, such as high-risk warrant service and barricaded subjects.

Benefits include: Shared use of manpower for larger operations; Better serve the needs of our communities by having a specialized team; Facilitates enhanced training, cooperation and information sharing between multiple agencies.

For more information, please contact:

•Cherokee County Sheriff Jerod Clyde, 712-225-6737

•Cherokee Police Chief Nate James, 712-225-6464

•Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte, 712-546-4113

•Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo, 712-546-8191

•Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena, 712-737-2280

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