Special Response Team (SRT)  

The Special Response Team (SRT) is made up of 13 deputies that are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is in addition to their regular duties and assignments. The team is commanded by Lt. Julian Evans and is under the direct supervision of the Chief Deputy. Each team member must meet strict requirements and must go through a selection process. The team trains on a monthly basis to be prepared to handle a variety of high risk critical incidents. The SRT is a support element of the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office and will be utilized when situations require the use of their specialized capabilities. The team is utilized for incidents such as hostage situations and negotiations, barricaded suspects, service of high-risk warrants, drug raids and search warrants, VIP protection, civil disorder and other special events. 

The SRT handles any incident which has a propensity for armed confrontations, which through containment and specialized tactics would more likely be resolved without injury or loss of life.