Critical Response Unit
The California State University, East Bay Police Department is a participant in the CSU Northern California Critical Response Unit (CRU), a highly trained unit with representation from most of the CSU campuses. The unit is available upon request to assist CSU campuses with critical incidents, emergencies and disasters. CRU officers are trained in crowd control, dignitary protection, and disaster relief. Since its development in 1993, CRU has responded to CSU Northridge to assist in the aftermath of their major earthquake, provided special security for President Bill Clinton, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, and other dignitaries, and has responded to numerous other calls for help within the University system.
A special component of the CRU is the highly trained Specialized Entry and Rescue Team (SERT). The SERT officers are trained in high risk building entries and hostage rescue. At the request of the Secret Service, SERT provided counter sniper placements during the visit of Vice President Al Gore and performed high-risk warrant service in various locations in the Bay Area for a San Francisco State University Police investigation.