SRT (Special Response Team)
The Marion police special response team was formed in January of 1997. Chief John Griffin was convinced of the importance of having a specially trained team of police officers who were willing to donate their time and dedicate themselves to hours of intense training for the benefit of the city and its' citizens.
After Chief Griffin gave his approval to create such a team the selection process started. The first six officers were chosen and the training began. At first the officers trained locally with other police departments who had already established teams of this special nature. Now the Marion police departments special response team receives training from some of the top schools in America that specializes in different areas of tactical operations.
Commonly used SRT items
The Marion Police Department Narcotics Division consists of two K-9 handlers, one drug canine, and one bomb canine. Their focus is on narcotics trafficing,explosive locating, and tracking. The division works with other officers in the agency and other agencies, at all levels, in an effort to reduce the amount of narcotics that pass through the City of Marion and Crittenden County,in addition to responding to bomb threats and tracking.
Chief Kelley with K-9 Officers and their K-9s
K-9 Officer David Houghtlen K-9 Officer Bradley West With Canine Zorro With Cannie Hunter