The issue of county patrolmen in Lauderdale County has been a hot-button topic for years.
The pros and con have been stated by various leaders throughout the county community. Even now, the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors has a committee studying the issue.
So, where do the county patrol stand on the issue?
To be or not to be. That is the question that could soon be answered by the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors concerning the county's patrolmen, after a fact-finding committee completes its search and reports back to the board.
Hubert "Sarge" Rivers has been a county patrolman for 10 years and a law enforcement officer in the area for more than 40 years. Rivers said he sees county patrolmen as useful and said they are just another aspect of law enforcement.
"It’s different than being out trying to catch speeders, trying to serve warrants, trying to catch DUIs," said Rivers. "To me, the more eyes and ears you got out there, the better off any law enforcement organization."
According to Rivers, some of a county patrolman's main duties are: traffic control at area schools, monitoring road and bridge conditions and reporting stolen road signs.
"People steal road name signs, but sometimes they steal the stop signs and you know that could be deadly," Rivers said.
Another duty of the county patrolmen is, of course, to police and patrol their respective districts.
"We know the people in the district, some of the houses, some of the people," said Rivers. "We know who's supposed to be there and if we see anything out of the ordinary we report it or either check it out.”