UNION COUNTY — The Union County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team will hold a fundraiser on Aug. 12 with the funds raised going to purchase new equipment.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office first organized the Special Response Team (SRT) shortly after Sheriff David Taylor took office. The purpose of implementing this group of specially trained officers was due to the rising concerns of violence. The Special Response Team is a coalition of sheriff’s deputies geared towards community protection in extreme situations. The Union County Sheriff’s Office SRT is available in cases to support the extraordinary enforcement needs of other deputies or any other law enforcement agency in Union or surrounding counties. They have been training to handle such incidents as:
• High Risk Arrest Warrants
• High Risk Search Warrant Executions
• Sniper Situations
• K-9 Deployments
• Civil Disturbances
• Barricaded Subject Situations
• Hostage Situations
• Any other occurrences which go beyond the scope of our patrol deputies.
According to Sheriff Taylor, these deputies take extra time for this type of training. The training they do goes above and beyond the normal scope of training routinely offered.
“We hope we never need them but in this day and time anything is subject to happen,” Taylor said. “We need to equip our deputies to ensure they are safe if an event ever does happen.”
These men are on call 24 hours a day and train monthly to maintain their specific skills. The SRT utilizes specific equipment which is normally purchased through fund raisers put on by them. Such fund raisers we have done include golf tournaments, fishing tournaments and food fund raisers. All these fund raisers are important to ensure no additional cost to taxpayers according to Inv. Scott Coffer, commander of the SRT Team. Such equipment we have purchased from these fund raisers include:
• Breaching kits
• Less lethal tools
• Medical jump bags
• Tactical shields
This year’s event we are planning on doing will be the “SRT Ride” and corn hole tournament. The SRT Ride will involve motorcycles riding to raise money for our team. The event will start at 8 a.m. and will be at the Union County Fair Grounds. The corn hole event will also be located at the Union County Fair Ground and will have teams competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place title prizes where cash payouts will be awarded. The money raised during these events will go towards the purchase of newer equipment to replace the older more worn out equipment in use.
Even if you don’t want to ride a motorcycle or compete in the cornhole tournament, come out and enjoy the day, see the SRT equipment which will be on display, enjoy the food that will be served, and just have a good time.
Scott Coffer is an investigator with The Union County Sheriff’s Office and commander of the Special Response Team.