COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Officers from around south Georgia were out working to keep everyone safe on the roads Friday night. They say they are here to protect and serve people in their communities, and it makes them uncomfortable when those people put the officers' lives in danger.
Law enforcement from all over the region came together Friday night for the Southwest Georgia traffic enforcement network meeting.
Officers gathered less than 24 hours after the tragic attack in Dallas which left five officers dead.
"It hurts. Especially bothers in law enforcement, it hurts. We just have to pray for the families and hopefully they can get through this," said Corporal Kenneth Jones.
Corporal Jones works with the Thomasville post of the Georgia State Patrol. He said his post didn't have time to discuss changes, but they will be on full alert.
"Be vigilant. Backing each other up when their on stops or on calls. Always checking their surroundings," said Corporal Jones.
More than 40 officers came out Friday night from 16 different agencies.
Deputy Ramsay Simmons came from the Decatur County Sheriff's office, and with tensions rising his team, continued to send two officers to every call.
"No matter what the call is, one to make sure the scene is secure and the other deputy to handle whatever it is the call was about," said Deputy Simmons.
Safety is the priority. Deputy Simmons says people can help out by alerting police if they get a heads up of a planned attack.
"Let somebody know, reach out. Because everybody out there isn't bad. There's lots and lots of good people in this world," said Deputy Simmons.
No matter how many ambushes or attacks, law enforcement says their mission won't change.
"We're out here to serve and protect the public. We're not here to hurt anybody," said Deputy Simmons. "You can't say it's not scary because it is scary."
The main thing the officers want people to know is that they're to help, and they need the community's support to do their jobs well and protect south Georgians.