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PRISON SWAT TEAMS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE ALERT

The state prison system's 20 SWAT teams will be on duty when New Year's Eve arrives to respond to possible unrest inside prisons or disruptions in communities outside prison walls, officials said Monday.

The units -- called Correction Emergency Response Teams -- will be stationed geographically so they can respond quickly to problems in any of the state's 70 prisons, prisons spokesman James Flateau said.

About 1,000 guards and supervisors make up the teams. They are specially trained to deal with prison search-and-seizure operations, inmate demonstrations and other situations.

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