SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM (SRT)
The LCSO Special Response Team (SRT) is the Sheriff's highly trained team of deputies that are tasked with handling the highest risk situations that our Office faces. This team is comprised of 13 volunteer deputies who have been specially trained in special weapons and tactics to handle situation such as:
High Risk Search Warrants
High Risk Arrest Warrants
Search and Rescue
High Risk Court Security
High Risk Transports
These deputies agree to be "on-call" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for these incidents. In addition, SRT deputies may be called upon to assist other Sheriff's Offices who do not have teams trained to handle these situations.
The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office has lost only one deputy in the line of duty which occurred during an SRT operation on April 8, 2009. During
this incident, SRT Senior Operator Allen Pearson along with
other SRT operators were attempting to arrest a subject who
was firing upon deputies and residents in the Tick Bite
community in the Grifton area of Lenoir County. Pearson
was assigned to the arrest team who confronted the suspect
to attempt to arrest him. The suspect fired at deputies and
Pearson was fatally wounded. Pearson was a dedicated
member of the SRT and will always be remembered for
his ultimate sacrifice.
SRT-1 and team operators pictured here were taken at "Pearson Park" located in Kinston, NC. The park was renamed to honor Pearson after his death for his dedication to protecting his community. This park annually holds the "Sand in the Streets" concert series and the Festival on the Neuse and Wil King Hog Happenin" which is the largest BBQ festival in North Carolina.
Detective R. Allen Pearson Jr.
LC-105 SRT Senoir Operator