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LAPD on Patrol: A look behind the badge

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Everyday the men and women of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office brave the streets not knowing what they may face.

Before heading out to clean up the streets, deputies meet for briefing. Each officer gets his or her assignment, and a run down of active cases. When the clock strikes 6:00, the nightshift starts.

Captain Larry Knight has been with the Sheriff's Office for 20 years, and as a supervisor on the nightshift, he's learned to multitask.

"I try to keep up with what's going on on the radio, plus, what's going on on the computer," says Knight, "we pretty much split the parish up by the river, we work eastside and Westside."

The night starts out slow, a shots fired call at 7:00, a domestic dispute at 8:00, an open container bust at 9:00.

"Slow night we can go 20-30 calls, fast nights we can pick that up some, but that's everything from theft to barking dogs."

"You never know what you're going to get," says Corporal Miranda Rogers, "you never know what you're going to go home looking like or smelling like."

Corporal Miranda Rogers is the only female officer on her shift.

"It's a handful! Working with the guys and dealing with the public," says Rogers.

Though some nights she goes home with funny stories to tell her kids, any minute things could change. Around 10:30pm, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office was been led on a foot chase through Richwood, yet this is still considered an uneventful night.

Nightshift Captain Larry Knight says staying on you're "A" game for twelve hours, is one of the toughest parts of his job.

"Its slow, that's when something happens, and if you're not ready for, you could really get hurt," says Knight, "you just have to keep your mind clear, and keep focused on your job."

What started as a slow night can change within seconds.

"From shootings to stabbing to anything like that. You just never know, it's just part of the job, you get used to it," says Knight.

Some things, you can never get used to.

"J. R. Searcy. I worked on the same shift as him, the same night shift, and he was killed in the line of duty a couple of years ago," says Knight.

The death of J. R. Searcy affected the entire parish.

"It's tough, you know, it's the first time I ever experienced anything like that," says Deputy Andrew Nugent, "you train, you train everyday and just hope it doesn't happen."

It's a risk officers take every day.

"It will wake you up and make you think about what we would, and I know there lots of other jobs out there that are just as dangerous, but it really hits home when that happens," says Knight.

Dealing with the death of an officer takes it's toll on the department, but dealing with the everyday scrutiny from the public, is something Rogers has learned to brush off.

"We only see people at their worst, we never see anyone at their best," says Rogers, "they're aggravated with us. We get yelled at, we get cussed at repeatedly, and called the most horrific names. People don't realize that when we go home we are going home to family that we are caring about...I mean, I'm a mom."

The men and women in uniform that serve our parish may not be in the line of fire every night, but by daring to wear the badge each day they are ready for whatever may come.

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