CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - Ambush shootings on police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge are alarming law enforcers here in South Georgia.
Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock reminded all of his patrol deputies to stay vigilant and be aware of their surroundings.
As one deputy said, they've always worried about what they can see, and now they worry about what they can't see.
A call to 'shots fired' is a call no officer wants to respond to, but Baton Rouge officers were faced with that reality this weekend.
Law enforcers right here in South Georgia are remembering the slain officers. Sheriff Hancock reminded his deputies about safety.
"Our job is to protect and serve but at the same time, I want them to be very vigilant," said Sheriff Hancock.
He met with every patrol deputy on duty on Sunday to remind them of the dangers.
"I wanted them to keep in the back of their mind that that call for service possibly could be an ambush," said Sheriff Hancock.
Captain Tommy Kimbrell is one of those deputies.
"Sometimes you just take things for granted when you walk out the door. You never know what you're going to encounter when you're at work," said Captain Tommy Kimbrell.
For him, the shootings remind him just how dangerous this job is.
"It's dangerous what we have to do anyway, but now things have kind of compounded a little bit," said Captain Kimbrell.
The vigilance isn't the only key. Many officers in baton rouge were seen running with assault rifles to combat a man with an AR-15. Many Crisp County deputies don't have that kind of firepower.
"We're out-weaponized if you want to say it that way," said Sheriff Hancock.
The department is looking to buy new assault rifles and vests. Ultimately, though, it comes down to one thing.
"Remember what your main goal is: to protect the public and go home at the end of your shift," said Captain Kimbrell.
Sheriff Hancock said he's had no issues with anyone in Crisp County. In fact, two rallies were held over the weekend to pray and unify with law enforcers in the city and county.