The Isabella County Emergency Services Team (EST) is a multijurisdictional emergency response team. The team consists of officers from the CMU Police Department, Mt. Pleasant Police Department and the Isabella County Sheriff's Department. The officers from each of these departments fill roles as tactical officers and crisis negotiators on the ES team.
Prior to appointment to the ES team, officers must go through an interview process and a physical fitness test. The fitness test consists of push-ups, sit-ups, bench press, obstacle course, dummy drag and a one mile run. These minimum fitness standards must be maintained to remain a member of the team.
The ES team is utilized for emergency situations such as barricaded suspects, hostage situations and suicidal subjects. The team is also utilized for non-emergency situations like high-risk arrests, and the execution of high- risk search warrants.
As a tactical member of the ES team, officers are trained in several areas including, tactical entries, building clearing and defensive tactics. Tactical team members are also trained in several different weapons. Minimum standards are set for weapon proficiency and must be maintained while on the team.
Crisis negotiators are responsible for contacting and communicating with suspects. They are also responsible for the dissemination of the information learned to the team commander and on to the tactical team.
The CMU Police Department has three officers assigned to the tactical unit of the Emergency Services Team.