Emergency Response Team Changes Its Name

SANATOGA PA – Only the name has changed.

The Chester-Montgomery Emergency Response Team (CMERT), an elite two-county team of local law enforcement officers that has been specially trained to handle high-risk crisis and police emergency situations, recently was re-named as Montgomery County SWAT – Western Region, its commander and Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz said Monday (May 2, 2016).

SWAT is an acronym for “special weapons and tactics.” The organization’s command structure remains unchanged, but the name change reflects a “movement to a standardize and consolidate SWAT resources in the county,” Foltz said.

The unit consists of selected police officers from the boroughs of Collegeville and Pottstown, and from the townships of Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove, Douglass, New Hanover, Upper Providence, Limerick, North Coventry, and Colebrookdale townships.

County SWAT teams also exist for its Central and Eastern regions.

Although no emergency existed, Foltz said he and the Western Region SWAT were deployed just two weeks ago to Upper Providence Township to provide support for an April 21 presidential campaign rally being held for Democrat contender Bernie Sanders at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

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