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Working overnight, what local police are doing while you're asleep

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SCOTT COUNTY, VA (WJHL) - While you were sleeping, local law enforcement scattered all across the Tri-Cities spent the night keeping us safe and putting a stop to anything that would cause people harm.

Just to give you a look into what the night life has in store for local authorities, News Channel 11 had a camera ready.

For police there is no average night, so when the News Channel 11's crew and officers set out- no one had any idea what might happen.

Monday night into Tuesday morning News Channel 11 rode along with Scott County deputies. Their shift is from 6:00 P.M. until 6:00 A.M.

The county is 540 square miles, more than 20,000 people, so it can get tough with only four officers.

At that hour while many of us are sleeping, deputies are keeping an eye out especially for impaired drivers and suspicious activity, that might be a crime in progress.

While every call is different officers still have one rule of thumb they follow.

"They may have as simple as a headlight or taillight out then you just warn them about it, ask them to get it fixed and be polite. Be polite and courteous, you treat them the way you want to be treated," said Sgt. David Woody. "Or you know if somebody pulled over your family you would treat them the way you would hope that your family got treated."

These officers are like brothers, which they told News Channel 11 really helps on a tough 12 hour shift.

Something neat we did see while riding around, the officers had toys for kids in the back of their car. While their parents might be upset over a ticket, these kids have a smile on their face and see the police aren't so bad after all.

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