The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) was formed in 1995 by Sheriff Earl Butler, soon after he took office as Sheriff. Currently the Special Response Team is comprised of eleven full time team members and five alternates, who are all sworn law enforcement officers. Membership on the Special Response Team is voluntary. The Special Response Team is comprised of a Lieutenant, one Senior Sergeant, one Sergeant and ten corporals. The Special Response Team’s function is classified as a special operational activity and is assigned to the Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. The team comes under the direct supervision of the Operations Patrol.
The mission of the Special Response Team is to handle unusual occurrences. Unusual occurrences consist of, but are not limited to, hostage incidents, barricaded persons, sniper incidents, aggravated suicide attempts, high risk warrant service and any other incident that involves violent crime. Away from unusual occurrence situations, the Special Response Team is tasked with an array of other assignments. These assignments include, but are not limited to, patrolling high crime risk areas of the county, dealing with street level narcotic offenders, community service, courthouse detail, civil assist, road patrol and fugitive apprehension. The Special Response Team is also tasked with the responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team. (See Search and Rescue Unit Page)