The Mission of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department Special Response Team (SRT) is to bring a successful conclusion to critical high-risk situations, through the use of specially equipped and highly trained personnel, in such a fashion as to minimize the risk of harm to the citizens of our community, law enforcement personnel, and suspects. In 2013 Sheriff Charles R. Black, Jr. created the first special response team to deal with critical high-risk incidents. The tactical team has the responsibility of answering to sensitive, potentially life-threatening situations utilizing specialized equipment and tactics to resolve them in as peaceful a manner as possible. This responsibility requires a great deal of training and readiness. Some situations may include: high-risk search and arrest warrant service, hostage rescue, and building searches for dangerous suspects.
The unit is prepared to assume full control of specific tactical situations which, by nature, would be considered excessively dangerous and complex, or which would require the use of a specialized team effort, rather than independent action by individual officers.
The SRT consists of a team commander, team leader, 2 assistant team leader and the remaining team members that make up entry personnel, perimeter personnel and a marksmen team (16 Deputies and Part-Time Deputies, 1 Medical, 2 Hostage Negotiators and two K9 teams. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department maintains trained hostage/crisis negotiators in a separately assigned function. The tactical team trains regularly in special weapons and tactics. The team also trains with other tactical units throughout the Ohio Valley.
The members of the SRT are assigned to different divisions of the department as their primary duty assignment. The SRT is a secondary assignment for which all members must be a fully qualified law enforcement officer in the state of Ohio and must firearms complete qualifications at a higher standard than that of a regular member of the Sheriff's Department.