In 2022 the Cumberland Emergency Response Team (CERT) consisted of eight highly skilled and motivated officers of the police department. The team was supervised by team Commander Sgt. D.J. Jenkins along with Cpl. Allen Brown as Team Leader. The remaining team members are Sgt. Chris Golliday, PFC. Bronson Becker, PFC. James Beck, and PFC. Kori Smith. The Cumberland Fire Department’s Tactical Medics assigned to the team include Captain Vince Pyle, Captain Doug Beitzel, Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Brown, and Firefighter/Paramedic Brayden Pennington. Pto. Andrea Bennett of the Cumberland Police Department also serves as a tactical medic. PFC. Adam Ashby was a team member; however, he left employment with the Cumberland Police Department. In the Fall of 2022, PFC. Cayleb Broadwater and PFC. Cameron Gibbner attended and passed the Harford County SWAT school. The two are current and active members of CERT. Jason Layman, from the Western Maryland Health System, is also on the team serving as the lead medic and Dr. Rameen Shafiei served as the team’s doctor.
In addition to being assigned to regular patrol shifts, these officers train a minimum of twelve additional hours each month in emergency response tactics. The team is considered “on call” on a permanent basis, responding to an emergency at any time. The team is trained for any type of situation from barricaded hostage incidents to high-risk warrant service. The team also utilizes the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team. The CERT team was activated seven (7) times in 2022. They also conducted demonstrations at special events for recruitment and other public relations assignments.