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Ambush, Goodhue County K-9, took a break during his training. Kit Murray / RiverTowns Multimedia1 / 2
Goodhue County responders schedule a day each month to practice real-life scenarios with each other. Kit Murray / RiverTowns Multimedia2 / 2

The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team spent the day Wednesday, April 12, at Red Wing's Memorial Park to work on search and apprehension training.

Throughout the scheduled event from noon to 7 p.m., the ERT focused its training around one common goal: keeping the suspect's safety a priority.

K-9 Ambush, handled by Deputy Matt Bowron, was alongside the team to aid in finding participants playing the role of suspects. Officers set up scenarios with one to two suspects with assigned reasons for escaping the scene.

The team is made up of around 20 individuals from Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, Red Wing police, Wabasha County Sheriff's Office, Prairie Island tribal police and the Red Wing Fire Department. Members are full-time licensed officers who volunteer for the team assignments, typically responding to high-risk calls such as narcotic or arrest warrants, hostage situations, barricaded persons and homeland security.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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