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Local special operations group assists Crookston police in search warrant

CROOKSTON -- A Grand Forks SWAT team was called in Sunday to help Crookston police officers with a search warrant. The Crookston Police Department hasn't released details yet, but officers executed a search warrant about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 700 ...

CROOKSTON - A Grand Forks SWAT team was called in Sunday to help Crookston police officers with a search warrant.

The Crookston Police Department hasn't released details yet, but officers executed a search warrant about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Stuart Avenue in Crookston, according to a news release.

Police requested the help of the Grand Forks Regional Special Operations Group to enter the home "because of circumstances surrounding the investigation and the nature of the incident," the release said.

"We do not take activation (of the group) lightly," Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said.

The Special Operations Group can be called in for high-risk warrants, Zimmel said.

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There could be a variety of reasons why the group is requested, as "each situation is very different," Zimmel said.

Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier asked for SWAT's help in November 2014 to arrest a man in a drug case. The group assisted with another warrant in November 2014 when Grafton, N.D., police believed a subject had homemade explosives in his home.

The group is made up of multiple specialized teams, including SWAT, crisis negotiations, bomb squad, water operations, unmanned aircraft systems and police K-9 teams.

CPD hasn't released why it requested the help of the group or the reason for the search warrant Sunday, but the news release did say the people in the Crookston home were cooperative and the search ended with no injuries.

Police continue to investigate, but there isn't a public safety concern going forward, the release said.

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