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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
November 30, 2015
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Florida Department of Corrections Holds Rapid Response Team Competition

WHAT: Media representatives are invited to the Florida Department of Corrections' Region III Rapid Response Team (RRT) Competition taking place at Desoto Correctional Institution. The competition will consist of eighteen RRTs challenging each other in an obstacle course, riot control formations, shooting, a recreation field disturbance scenario, and a class on shield formations. RRTs are 14 person teams comprised of correctional officers who are trained to deal with emergencies such as riots, natural disasters and man-made disasters. 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 RRTs.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 8:00 AM
WHERE: Desoto Correctional Institution – Training Complex
13617 Southeast Highway 70
Arcadia, Florida 34266
CONTACT: If you wish to attend the Rapid Response Team Training, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 as soon as possible, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones will be permitted inside the institution.
DIRECTIONS: Southbound: South of Tampa on I-75, turn right on Highway 70 at Exit 217. (Northbound traffic should take Exit 217A.) Take Highway 70 to Arcadia. Continue on Highway 70 past Arcadia for approximately 12 miles. Desoto Annex is located on the right.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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