Sheriff’s Office Hires First Female Special Response Team Member
Officer Meets Gold Standard of Excellence
Special response team member, Officer Karissa Hahn proudly stands near one of the monuments at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Somerville.
SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano has announced that the Sheriff’s Office has selected Karissa Hahn as its first female special response team (SRT) unit officer.
Officer Hahn secured a position on the SRT by successfully completing a rigorous testing process that included a physical agility evaluation, a practical assessment of techniques, an oral interview, an essay exam, medical clearance, and a team-leader survey.
“We were impressed with Officer Hahn’s gold-standard performance that she demonstrated while seeking to become a member of the team,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “I wish her continued success – and am confident that she will be an asset to our team, which is known for their specialized skills, advanced training and professionalism.”
While tackling the SRT’s testing process, Officer Hahn was fulfilling her law enforcement duties as a school resource officer at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical School (SCVTS). At SCVTS, Hahn’s assignment was to provide security functions, serve as a role model for students, and enhance communications between the staff and students to help support a diplomatic relationship between school members and local law enforcement.
The SRT conducts biweekly and monthly training exercises such as mock hostage rescue, dynamic forced entry, covert clearing of buildings, weapons training, hostile scenarios, and search-and-rescue operations.Created in 1997, the SRT has evolved into a team of 17 highly motivated tactical officers. The team is now a hybrid of correctional and sheriff's officers who are dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of Somerset County buildings, properties, residents and employees. Additionally, SRT can assist other law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey with any emergency.