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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
November 12, 2013
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Media Invitation: Florida Department of Corrections Rapid Response Team Training

~Over 215 officers and 15 institution's RRT squads will compete in this annual event.~

Media is invited to the Florida Department of Corrections' Rapid Response Team (RRT) Training taking place on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Holmes County Fairgrounds in Bonifay. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:20 a.m. CST and the event will conclude around 2:00 p.m. CST. There will be 15 state prisons participating from Region 1 which covers the area from Pensacola to Perry. The event will feature training exercises such as munitions, platoon and squad formations, riot/baton techniques and a physical fitness competition.

Rapid Response Teams are 14 person teams comprised of correctional officers specially trained in less lethal and lethal munitions, chemical munitions, crowd control, and riot suppression. This event provides key training and competition for those men and women who keep our communities safe on a daily basis. It allows the Institutional, Regional and Central Office leadership team to evaluate the proficiency and the quality of training that is being provided to the RRT's.

WHAT: Region I Rapid Response Team Training (RRT)
WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:20 a.m. CST
WHERE: Holmes County Fairgrounds
Sand Path Road
Bonifay, FL 32427
6:20 a.m. Squads assemble for opening ceremony
6:25 a.m. Invocation by Chaplain
6:30 a.m. Opening ceremony begins
7:00 a.m. Training sessions begin
11:50 a.m. Training sessions end
12:05 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies

All times are CST.

Upon arrival, media can ask to speak with Regional Warden, Robin Smith.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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