Due to recent events and changing public sentiment, Special Response Teams across the nation have set aside traditional tactics. Law enforcement officers consquently have employed more aggressive tactics in crisis events and because of this, they have become more militarized in their procedure. After consideration of the challenges that law enforcement must face today, and in lieu of special circumstances being addressed by Homeland Security, Sheriff Blakely appointed the SRT. The SRT members are highly trained and experiences in special weapons and tactics. The members participate on a voluntary basis and must maintain a high standard of qualification in weapon proficiency and rigorous physical training. Organized training is held at least twice each month.