The Oneida County Sheriff's Office held a graduation ceremony today for 12 members of the Corrections Division who recently completed several weeks of specialized training to become members of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team.

Sheriff Rob Maciol says the certified SERT members respond to and deal with high risk situations within the Correctional Facility.

The officers will be called upon at any time to handle situations that require a higher level of  training and skills.

The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team was founded in the early 1990’s by retired Sheriff Daniel Middaugh.

The Officers that successfully completed this specialized training and that are now part of the Oneida County S.E.R.T. include:

Officer Michael DiNardo

Officer Jeremy Fahey

Officer Amber Hale

Officer Merzuk Hozanovic

Officer Joseph Kierpiec

Officer Leeann Kiskiel

Officer Casey Lewis

Officer Colin McDaniels

Sergeant Amanda Phister

Officer John Searles

Officer Landon Slawson

Officer Mark Sutter

Oneida County Sheriff's Office