Emergency Services Unit

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Franklin Township Police Department

 Public Safety Building 
495 Demott Lane • Somerset 
New Jersey 08873

Telephone 732-873-5533

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EMERGENCY SERVICE UNIT (ESU)

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In 2006, the Emergency Service Unit was created within the Patrol Division as a progressive response to Homeland Security.

What is an Emergency Service Unit (ESU)?

Emergency Service Units are specialty units utilized by Law Enforcement nationwide to assist Patrol in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Emergency Medical Calls
  • Fire Calls
  • Rescue Calls
  • Tactical Operations
  • Mass Casualty Incidents
  • WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
  • CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosives)
  • Animal Complaints
  • Active Shooter Incidents

 What is the minimum level of Training for Officer assigned to ESU?

Members of the Emergency Service Unit must have a minimum level of certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and complete the required Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) to maintain their level of training.  ESU Officers also attend specialized training in the areas listed above.  Most of the ESU Officers are also certified as Firefighters to increase their knowledge and skills with Fire/Rescue Operations.

What types of vehicles are utilized by ESU?

The Emergency Services Unit operates in marked Police Ford Expedition that is custom designed and outfitted with specialized equipment to accomplish the mission of providing an advanced level of service to the Township.

When does ESU respond to emergency incidents?

The Emergency Service Unit Officers perform all the tasks of Police Officers assigned to the Patrol Division.  In addition to those tasks, ESU Officers are dispatched to any incidents requiring specialized training and/or specialized equipment to assist the members of the community.