Local law enforcement officers feel the strain duing DAPL protest

Published: Oct. 7, 2016 at 5:37 PM CDT
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During the last several months of protest activities, local law enforcement officers have adjusted to a new routine.

A Morton County Deputy who asked not to be identified, shared a lot of experiences about patrolling during the protest. He says he's never worked an incident like this during his career.

It's another day on the job for a Morton County Sheriff's Deputy. He doesn't know what the day will bring, but there's one thing he knows for certain.

"We're not working for Dakota Access, we're not working for the camps," said the deputy.

He says they're working to protect all and said that since Dakota Access Pipeline protests have started, he and other officers have worked almost everyday. Even people who work late into the night are back on the clock right away the next morning.

"So they got off at 6 o'clock in the morning, some of them might not have gotten to bed until eight in the morning, and they're back up having to come out for this," said the deputy.

The deputy says his family is concerned about his involvement in the protest that has taken family time out of his, and many officers', lives.

"You can't answer because you're busy doing the work, you're out on the line," says the deputy.

Besides coming to St. Anthony five to six times per day, deputies are still expected to patrol the rest of Morton County.

With assistance from officers across North Dakota, the department is able to respond to calls in other areas of the county. He's thankful for their sacrifice.

"That's an awesome part of the brotherhood that we're a part of is that they will come to us when we need the help," says the deputy.

And he says the same goes for when they need help backing for public safety.

He says they've taken name tags off their uniforms and acquired additional body gear since the start of the protest.

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