The Special Response Team, or S.R.T., was established in 1989 as a specialized unit of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to answer the growing threat to law enforcement officers and the communities.
It was designed to maintain a unit of select, trained, and equipped officers to contain, stabilize, and/ or terminate situations including, but not limited to, armed and barricaded criminal or demented persons, hostage cases, high risk search warrants, sniper incidents, and any known or threatened ambush attacks, with the ultimate goal to protect the lives of citizens and resolve the special situation task.
Special Operations Captain
Captain Mike Lawhorn was hired in March of 1998 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.
In August of 1998, Mike became one of the first two School Resource Officers in Campbell County. Since then, he has served in the role of School Resource Officer for the past 19 years.
In 1999, Mike became a member of the Sheriff’s Offices Special Response Team (SRT). He has served as an Entry Team member and is currently the Assistant Team Leader.
Mike was promoted to Sergeant in 2004. In January of 2008, he was again promoted to Lieutenant, and served as the School Resource Officer supervisor until his most recent appointment to Captain of the Administrative Services Division on January 1, 2018.
Recently Mike was appointed to serve in a different capacity - that of the Special Operations Division. In this role, Mike is responsible for strategic initiatives, school and court safety and security, as well as evidentiary custody and preservation. Captain Lawhorn will work collaboratively with other divisions to ensure citizen safety, and develop the future of law enforcement professional standards in Campbell County.
Captain Lawhorn graduated from Rustburg High School and has lived in Campbell County his entire life except for the 4 years he served in the United States Air Force.