A day in the life of a Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 6:24 PM EST
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MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA) - Patrolman J.W. Lucas has been with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department for only five months, but he’s experienced. He was a Sergeant with the Bluefield, West Virginia Police Department for seven years prior to making the transition from police officer to Sheriff’s Deputy. Lucas says the switch from serving a roughly nine square mile municipality to a four hundred twenty one square mile county is no easy task.

“Where everything is more spread out, that makes it a lot tougher. There’s some calls that if it works out we gotta go to one side of the county to the other. It could take us forty five minutes to get to a call.” said Lucas.

When deputies aren’t responding to calls, they’re typically cruising rural, unincorporated areas in the county. Keeping an eye out for law-breakers. Deputy Lucas says he takes every traffic stops seriously because they can turn into a life or death situation without warning.

“We try to be vigilant because the dangers are real out there. We never know what we’re walking into. Just a simple traffic stop, it could turn into us getting shot at or us getting shot. We always have to be mindful of that. " said Lucas.

Not every traffic stop ends with a citation, some result in a verbal warning. But others end with arrest if an individual has an outstanding warrant.

“No matter what’s going on we’re just there to help. Even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time. That’s what our main goal is. We’re just there to make sure everybody stays safe and everybody’s life is how it’s supposed to be.” said Lucas.

Patrolman Lucas says his favorite part of the job is being there for the people of his home county and making a difference and a positive contribution to his community.

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