On Protest Patrol: Officer Reveals Stress on the Job

“I think we understand how dangerous it could be.”

This officer has spent the last week away from his family. His mother following the story close hoping he’ll get home in one piece.

“They’re pretty worried. The read all the stuff on the news and there’s people who are making threats.”

But he says it doesn’t stress him as much as it stresses them out.  Another day on the job.

“It doesn’t even come down to being scared. You just do what you have to do.”

“South of the information point just pull over.”

“I coach high school football too so I haven’t been able to be there in 8 days. The team goes to Williston on

Friday, so I won’t be able to make that trip.”  

Being away from home for an extended time is normal for the three Stutsman County officers who came with him.

They’ve been assisting since August 10 with one thing in mind.

“Ultimately the whole thing is keeping people safe. We’re not out here to go arrest people. We don’t want to arrest people if we don’t have to.”

He doesn’t have to be here, but wants to. Each officer volunteers their time to do so whether they have a family at home or not.

“Pretty much everyone here has wife and kids- everyone here now. So they’re all sacrificing quite a bit.”

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