New York State Police

Special Operations Response Team (SORT)

MRT Team makes entry

Sort Team

The Special Operations Response Team (SORT) was created in 1980 to provide a tactical response element for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. There are currently five regional teams: Capital, Central, North, South, and West. The teams train and respond daily, and are a full time asset providing their specialized services to communities and law enforcement agencies across the state. Each Troop also has .308 Riflemen who are available to work with the SORT as Snipers/Observers in certain critical incidents. In addition to the .308 Riflemen, each Troop also has enhanced K9 Handlers who are cross trained to assist SORT in a variety of situations along with their K9 partners.

SORT Team Truck

The purpose of the Special Operations Response Team is to support the New York State Police with a tactical response to critical events and other specialized assignments within the State of New York. Special Operations Response Team duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Counter Terrorism Operations
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
  • Disaster Relief Operations
  • Hostage Rescue
  • Clandestine Labs
  • High Risk/Violent Felony Arrests
  • Searches for Escapees/Wanted Subjects
  • Searches for Lost/Injured Hikers
  • Select Civil Disturbance/Crowd Control
  • High Angle Rope Rescue
  • Tactical Patrol
  • Barricaded Suspects
  • High Risk Dignitary Protection or Escorts