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April 19. 2013 4:39PM

Members of Seacoast area SWAT arrive in Watertown to aid in manhunt

Members of the Seacoast Emergency Response Team have just arrived in Watertown, Mass., to assist law enforcement agencies in the massive manhunt for the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

"We've got a full team down here," Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan, who heads up SERT, said as the team arrived at a command center just before 4:30 p.m.

SERT, which is commonly referred to as a SWAT team, consists of 31 highly trained officers and detectives from 11 Seacoast law enforcement agencies.

The officers are trained to handle critical incidents, including hostage situations, armed barricaded suspects, high risk warrants, searches in wooded areas and other crisis situations.

Members of SERT had offered to assist in the search earlier in the day and remained on standby until they were needed late this afternoon.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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