The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department CERT became operational in November 2009. The creation of CERT was in response to the ever increasing level of violence demonstrated by inmates. One of the most challenging and potentially violent environments is corrections. In addition to increasing violence, we're faced with a more difficult classification of inmate and an inmate population that requires a greater level of health care and mental health care. Maintaining the safety and security of our correctional facilities is a high priority as is the care of those who are incarcerated. Appropriate and proper classification and supervision is critical along with on-going training and employment of well qualified, experienced staff. Our CERT is a well trained team of dedicated professionals who understand the challenges of public safety.