Special Operations Division
This division is divided into four core functional areas which are:
- Courtroom Security;
- Property and Evidence Security/Management;
- School Resource Officer Program; and
- Fleet Management.
The Special Operations division is commanded by a Captain with two Lieutenants assisting.
Captain Mike Lawhorn
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 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.
This function is responsible for:
- Providing bailiffs to the court
- Moving prisoners to and from the courts
- Operating metal detectors and other security devices as required
- Being present in court at all times when courts are in session
- Ensuring that a full-time deputy is placed at the courthouse entrance to scan all individuals entering for weapons and other items not allowed in the courthouse
- Transporting committed persons to mental facilities from the local hospitals
- Handling extraditions of prisoners to Campbell County
- Maintaining the Project Lifesaver Program and providing training to Sheriff’s Office employees on the correct operation of the equipment
Concealed weapon permit applications must be investigated per the Code of Virginia. This function handles all the investigation and subsequent paperwork for the applicants as required to meet this Code.
School Resource Officer Program
The primary mission of the School Resource Officer is to create a partnership between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Campbell County Public Schools. This program is intended to maintain a safe learning environment for our youth, to identify and prevent criminal activity through counseling and referral of delinquent behavior, and to promote positive relationships between students and law enforcement officers.