The Special Response Team (SRT) is a part-time tactical team comprised of 17 highly trained full-time police officers. The team is dedicated to safely ending critical incidents by using special tactics, tools and weapons. Some of the missions of SRT are:
Search and arrest warrants
High-risk building and area searches
High-risk prisoner transportation
SRT officers are selected from volunteers within the Monterey Park Police Department. Officers have to serve a minimum tenure within the department before being able to apply for SRT. This tenure requirement is based on the fact that SWAT officers are still law enforcement officers and must have a thorough knowledge of department policies and procedures. All SRT members have collateral duties within the department and train monthly as a team. They are on call 24 hours a day to assist Monterey Park officers or other agencies.