Tactical Field Force Unit (TFF)
This fully operational team specializes in crowd management, crowd dispersal, and the protection of life and property during incidents of civil unrest. A fundamental role of law enforcement is to protect the rights of all people to peacefully assemble, demonstrate, protest, or rally. In turn, law enforcement also has the responsibility to ensure public safety and to protect the lives and property of all people. The goal of maintaining order while protecting the freedoms of speech and assembly stands as one of law enforcement’s greatest challenges.
In the late 1990’s the Tactical Field Force Unit (TFF) was disbanded and was not active until it was reinstituted in 2018.
Unit members are provided specialized equipment and training in crowd control management for handling these types of events. Officers are capable of responding to a variety of behaviors and have the ability to provide rapid, organized and disciplined response to civil disorder, and control or disburse unruly crowds.
The Tactical Field Force Unit is currently comprised of 14 police officers. The unit is commanded by Capt. Jason Laridaen and two assistant team leaders – LT. Tina Braun and LT. Ed Wenzel.