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. In addition, each Troop has .308-cal. Riflemen who are available to work with the SORT as Snipers/Observers in certain critical incidents.

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
  • Select Civil Disturbance/Crowd Control
  • Tactical Patrol
  • Barricaded Suspects
  • High Risk Dignitary Protection or Escorts