One of the developments that arose out of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), in which Middlesex County participates. Under this initiative came the formation of the Rapid Deployment Team (RDT), consisting of Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office detectives and law enforcement officers from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department and Adult Corrections. This team is part of the UASI Rapid Deployment Force which is focused on a seven-county area including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union counties. The purpose of the RDT is to provide law enforcement support to local law enforcement commanders during a critical incident with a highly trained, flexible, rapid deployment team oriented in an incident command and unified command structure.
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