NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rutherford County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Tennessee, and with more people comes more crime.
But the men and women of law enforcement are managing to do more with less.
News 2’s Larry Flowers spent an evening with deputies who took him along for a ride.
They are hot on the trail of a person who was on someone else’s property while they were not at home.
“It’s a very, very, stressful job, and in many cases a thankless job,” said Maj. Egon Grissom.
Turns out, the man was new to the Milton community and wanted to let his neighbors know he would be installing a fence the next day. Neighbors were suspicious.
“It’s not just the citizens being our eyes and ears; it’s about them being aware of their surroundings, teaching them what they can and can’t do, what they should or shouldn’t do,” noted Grissom.
Regardless of the call, deputies have to respond, covering 625 square miles of a growing county.
“From homicide to petty theft, the volume of calls varies from day to day. You never know what you are going to get,” Major Grissom explained.
And that rings true for domestic calls.
“We don’t send an officer to a situation like that by himself. Emotions are too high for people involved. It’s too dangerous for officers,” said Sgt. Trey Nunley.
But before they ever hit the streets, their day starts at roll-call where deputies get informed on what their day will look like.
Sheriff’s officials say National Night Out is an opportunity for police and residents to get to know each other.
“We encourage our guys to get out in their community and be a part of the community,” explained Sgt. Nunley.
That’s why Nunley also patrols the county courthouse on foot, talking to people about the latest Pokemon character they’ve caught or are trying to catch.
Community policing is a way to see the county from a whole new perspective.
“It is about enforcement, but it’s not about punishing people, I guess is the way I want to put it. It’s about educating people,” added Maj. Grissom.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is also bridging the gap between the department and community by offering a Sheriff’s Citizens Academy and Neighborhood Watch programs.
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