In light of recent shootings, local deputies reminded to be safe

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 07:33:52-04

 Every day Deputy Chad Doyle is required to wear a bullet resistant vest under his uniform to protect him on the job.

"It's hard to swallow sometimes, when you're patrolling and protecting citizens, and you always know in the back of your mind one of them could try to hurt you," he said.

But, Deputy Doyle admits he loves his job, especially the fact that no day is the same as the last.

"That's part of the excitement of the job," he explained. "And, that can be a bad thing, but at the same time I think it keeps a lot of police officers focused."

Because they never know what could happen at the next call.

"You just keep your head on a swivel," Deputy Doyle said.

He echoes the Sheriff's main message of an email he sent to his staff Monday morning, reminding them to follow the Office's policies and always be ready for anything.

"I suspect there'll be more. There's a lot of people out there that probably should be institutionalized. I mean normal people don't do these kinds of things; and so, that's the reality of the kind of work that we do," the Sheriff said. "It's a tough job."

One each Deputy has to do alone.

"I don't have the staff to send out people," the Sheriff explained. "I've got - for our general fund road patrol, we've got 13 people, so I'd cut my staff in half if I sent them out in twos. We would have no coverage."

But, Deputy Doyle said, even if there's a target on his back to some, he rarely feels nervous in this community.

"I made several traffic stops this morning already and I think just about every encounter I had they left with saying be careful out there. And so, I think we got great support out here," Deputy Doyle said.

When asked what can be done about the violence against law enforcement, the Sheriff told Fox 47 News he wants a database that police can use to see if a person has been determined to be mentally ill. And, therefore, not allowed to have a concealed pistol license.