The Special Operations Section of the Corrections Division oversees internal processes that support the Corrections Division's primary task of supervising offenders. Among these specialized units are:
There are currently 23 Tactical Squads based at facilities across the state. Each squad has 12 Correctional Officers who receive extensive training on riot and crowd control, firearms, chemical munitions, and other less than lethal munitions. This staff is also responsible for hostage rescue. Both Tactical Squads and regionally assigned Hostage Negotiators have received training for dealing with hostage situations.
The Canine Units are based at several facilities geographically across the state to provide the most effective coverage to meet the needs of GDC and our law enforcement partners across the state. For example, these canine units provide assistance for offender tracking, explosive detection, and narcotics detection. GDC canine handlers and their dogs continue to provide direct support to the Corrections Division and to local, state, and federal agencies who request assistance.
There are currently 27 CERT Teams based at facilities across the state. Each team has a team leader and five correctional officers. Each team receives extensive training on managing non-compliant offenders in day-to- day facility operations. CERT staff also receives advanced training in cell extractions, chemical munitions and less lethal escorts and transports, offender searches, interview and interrogation techniques, and security threat groups.
The Georgia Department of Corrections is a part of the state's overall law enforcement and criminal justice system. The role of the Inter-Agency Liaison is to maintain and strengthen those ties by serving on inter-agency task forces and representing the agency in state and national level policy meetings. An example of GDC's inter-agency commitments is providing staff and other related support to assist disaster relief in Mississippi.