Organization & Beginnings
The Dare County Jatac is a Joint Agency Tactical Team that is formed by team members from the Nags Head Police Department, The Dare County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kitty Hawk Police Department. In 2009 the Nags Head Police Department reformed it’s Emergency Response Team that consisted of six members of the Nags Head Police Department. In January of 2015 discussions began with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and the Kitty Hawk Police Department to add team members from their agencies to the Emergency Response Team.
By the Numbers
The Dare County Sheriff’s Office was able to add four team members, and the Kitty Hawk Police Department added 2. This brought the team’s numbers up to the current twelve man team. The name of the team was changed to the Dare County Jatac to indicate that the team was comprised of multiple agencies working closely together with the same mission.
The mission of the Dare County Jatac is to preserve life in high risk situations through the use of training, equipment, and tactics in a professional manner that inspires confidence within our community. Dare County Jatac is a highly trained unit that is called upon for situations requiring tactics, response, and equipment beyond normal department resources. They handle many different types of incidents including:
- Barricaded Persons
- Hostage Situations
- High-Risk Warrant Service
- Tactical Operations
- Other specialized scenarios the team may be called upon to handle within Dare County
The team is on-call 24 hours a day and responds immediately to calls for service. All team members are selected volunteers from their respective agency.