The question has been asked, just what do our Lauderdale County deputies do while you are sleeping? To answer that, I spent a night on the job with a deputy, and found it can be quite busy.
Five or six deputies cover 750 square miles, according to Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.
A disturbance sent us to Old 8th Street Road. Then it was off to the Causeyville area, where a truck suspected of running over a gas pump was found wrecked and abandoned in a ditch. According to Calhoun, every night can be very different.
"A deputy can clock in at 6 p.m. and at 6 a.m., you are still busy working on reports and you have been busy for 12 hours," said Calhoun.
While taking care of the wrecked truck, our deputy was then called to a nearby bar where stabbing had occurred.
Within thirty minutes, after taking the stabbing suspect to the county jail, another call sent us to an area off of Highway 80.
Calhoun says that when there are a lot of calls coming in, an order of priority determines which direction a deputy must go.
"Life first, property second," said Calhoun. "That's how we are supposed to think about it."
By this time, it was about 2 a.m. And things were still very busy. Calhoun says deputies work hard to serve and protect everyone, even while you are sleeping.
"They are that thin line between order and chaos in society," said Calhoun. "That's what we do; we are here to enforce the rules that we as a community have said is important to us. "