Policing increasingly violent rural areas

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio—Ross County, with its rolling forested green hills and quaint two-century-old county seat, is an image of idyllic rural America.

But as night fell here on a warm Tuesday in May, chaos descended on the Ross County Sheriff’s Office. A neighbor called to report a disturbance, likely a violent domestic dispute, and another called to report a man slumped over the steering wheel of his pickup, likely an overdose. Calls of other suspicious vehicles came flooding in.

“It is nothing but you and the cows and the sirens,” said Sgt. Brenton Davidson, a patrol sergeant at the sheriff’s office. “You are seeing more violence, and you never know where your backup is coming from.”

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39 Responses to Policing increasingly violent rural areas

  1. Unclezip says:


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        • Wirecutter says:

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    • JeremyR says:

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  2. bogsidebunny says:

    QUOTE: “It is nothing but you and the cows and the sirens,” said Sgt. Brenton Davidson a patrol sergeant at the sheriff’s office. .

    I think the suspects have been I.D.ed:

  3. Nemo says:

    “you never know where your backup is coming from”. Another pussy Sherrif’s Deputy heard from. What, you didn’t know WHEN YOU VOLUNTARILY APPLIED for the job IN A RURAL AREA that there might be situations that you would have to resolve ON YOUR OWN? Between that kind of attitude and the ever present “everyone safe home at the end of their shift” it’s no wonder we have a generation of snowflakes coming along. Are there any REAL MEN under 50 left in this country? If you can’t stand the heat GET OUT OF THE FUCKING KITCHEN!!!

    • Wirecutter says:

      Some of these crimes were unheard of in a rural area until just recently, so no, they didn’t know.
      Personally, I’d rather have the kind of cops we have around here now than the paramilitary kind in big cities.

      • Joe says:

        …yeah, the Lt. Col. Dave Grossman cop-warrior, psychology of killing, us versus them, Barney Fife horses—t.

        • H says:

          Horses–t is right. I’ve sat thru part of one of his seminars, couldn’t stand what I was hearing and had to leave. I’d rather share a foxhole with Beetle Bailey than his arrogant ass.

      • Bacon says:

        I’d rather have neither of those choices. Something better, please. Sick of always choosing the lesser of two evils. You are right but Nemo is also right, and no, that’s not a contradiction.

        Hang the fucking pharmaceutical reps and their execs right next to the politicians, bankers and lawyers. Those unheard-of rural crimes will disappear so damn fast, our heads will spin.

        • Chris Mallory says:

          It isn’t the pharmaceutical reps. It is prohibition and government employees (politicians and cops) who have never done a day’s work in their lives who would rather people suffer than get the relief they need from pain meds. All because they are afraid someone might be getting a buzz.

          Legalize it all and these problems go away. Sell it at cost with no permission slip needed.

          The War on (some) Drugs is actually a war on the American people. We have lost many of our Constitutional protections because “the children” and “drugs”.

          • Bacon says:

            Good point Chris, but it’s not either-or, it’s both. Again not a contradiction. I’m right with you on legalizing every damn thing, including stuff that shouldn’t even exist. Because the problem isn’t the end-users, they are merely a symptom, the problem is that the supply chain is run by criminals, posing as manufacturers.

            Thus, it’s prohibition and politicians and cops AND big pharma. All part of one big system. It’s not really about pain meds or getting a buzz, it’s about social control. These are not purveyors, they are pushers, intentionally getting people hooked for a profit. They are no better than the cartels.

            Anyway, even if we identify the root problem differently, we agree that it’s a war on the American people.

          • rayvet says:

            Come on Chris. Face it. People are Pussies. 99% of the people I know currently taking pain meds DO NOT NEED THEM. When I get up in the morning hunched over because my back hurts me, then go to work and have clients say I’ve got some pain medicine at home that will work wonders for that, all I can think of is what type of pussified country has this become. No we don’t need modern pharmacology for routine, every day pains of growing old and breaking down. Pharmacology should be used to prevent death and save lives (which it is NOT doing now in many cases) not help you live with the problems that come with growing old, falling down and going boom. This country has become a country of pussies and if I have to hear another person complain about their fucking hangnail, I’m gonna hit em with a hammer and tell them there, now you got some pain to complain about. Stop with the “end suffering and let people get their pain meds” nonsense.

            • Bacon says:

              Well said, rayvet. I’m not that tough, and I do have chronic pain, but that’s just part of living. It’s been a few decades since I took anything stronger than an ibuprofen.

      • Kimberwarrior45 says:

        Being a retired LE in Ohio (about a hour from Chilli) I knew what could happen and was taught that in the academy. I worked third and there was ONE deputy for my half of the county as backup. A total of three officers available (dispatched by the County) for each other in my half of the county.(this was early 1990s). City Departments only came if they were called by telephone and obtained approval from a ranking officer. This took about 15 to 30 minutes after the on scene officer called for backup before they would head your way. There was a lot of crime that never made the news and we didn’t call the news on it either. The real difference is people now are more violent with less self control than then. When before there was only a few we had to worry about, now we have to worry about everyone acting that way. Some of this we brought on ourselves when we change from being public servants and adopted a law enforcement attitude. What I mean by this is people want Andy Griffith but what politicians (by endorsing liberal attitude and hiring people that will only follow orders instead of obeying the Constitution and have Christian Morals) are giving them Barney Fife. I have lost jobs because I wouldn’t violate the law (or God’s law) and do what the local government wanted done.

        • Wirecutter says:

          Times have changed, haven’t they?
          We were in town yesterday and saw a cop standing outside his car talking to a youngster standing outside his truck. Lisa asked “I wonder what he got stopped for?” and I replied “He ain’t stopped, they’re just bullshitting – the cop just offered him a chew.”
          It’s also a city ordinance that if a cop asks for your assistance subduing somebody or making an arrest, you’re obligated to lend a hand.
          I love our small town PD with a small town attitude.

          And good on you for losing those jobs.

          • Kimberwarrior45 says:

            Yes! Got my first good night’s sleep in years and stopped having to take the prescription acid indigestion medicine the next day. Family was happy because I was suddenly relaxed. Of note is that on one – went to arbitration and after the first hearing they paid me a handsome sum not to come back (since it was obvious the firing was not legal). This was nice because I had wanted to leave and had complete several degrees in preparation for find a new job.

            • Wirecutter says:

              Sounds like me when I retired, I quit taking all my meds because all my ailments were stress related.

              • Jax says:

                Sorry but you guys decided to work for the dark side of the political state. You made your deal with the devils to get that taxpayer-extorted salary, taxpayer equipment and BS oppressor just-us system. So did you enforce only the mal en se laws or just the prohibited? Serve and protect the badged welfare queens. True oathkeepers never join the enemy once they’ve seen the true light of active duty. Go cry elsewhere, you types are still making excuses why you had to pin that fake shield or star.

                • Wirecutter says:

                  So you think there should be no police anywhere, ever?
                  I’ve been handling my own business myself as much as possible for the past 40 years, but I feel a lot better knowing there’s a cop enjoying a donut just a couple blocks from where my elderly mother’s sleeping.
                  Judging by your statement I’m going to guess you’ve pretty much led a protected life and have never seen firsthand just how depraved mankind can be.

                  Don’t judge all cops by the actions of the ones that make the news.

        • Joe says:

          KW45 understood and practiced being a peace officer….versus “law enforcement.”
          Numbers 6:24-26, my brother.

  4. Ref rural backup: Once Upon A Time, I was a volunteer medic for our little township’s rescue. many was the time that I rolled up on a scene, with the local deputy arriving in his sweats, badge on a lanyard, gun belt over the sweats. These guys (and gals) typically ride solo, and, in the event that some BAMF decides that “Today is The Day!”, well, sometimes you need two, or three, or four, or more, officers to subdue somebody. Without shooting them. Which every officer I have ever run with, did NOT want to do. So, yeah, in this case, I agree with this officer: You do NOT know where your backup is arriving from: including, which county were they in when the call of “officer in trouble” came in?

  5. nwoldude says:

    Do check-off list work at a Kenworth assembly plant there in the mid seventies. Anybody know if it is still operating?
    Stayed at the Holiday Inn. Older guy I was traveling with drank a fifth of Beam after work every night.

  6. Andrew says:

    That area of Ohio is known to be rife with drug abusers and prostitutes, and people come from the big city nearby to get their groove on.

    The city also has had 1 or more serial killers taking out the working girls/drug pushers. It may or may not be related to drug dealers taking out the competition, or…

    The same type of shit can be found in the rural counties around most major metropolitan areas.

  7. Jayhawk46 says:

    If you’ve ever seen the show “Justified”, there you go. As an escapee from Pike County, I can attest….a whole county full of Boyd Crowders and Dewey Crowes..

  8. Harry Steele says:

    Yes, nwoldude, the Kenworth plant is still there and open.

  9. warhorse says:

    Elrond: Gandalf, for four hundred years we have lived in peace. A hard won watchful peace.
    Gandalf: Are we? Are we at peace? Trolls have come down from the mountains, they are raiding villages, destroying farms. Orcs have attacked us on the road

    what these small towns need are a militia…or posse, depending on the local vernacular.

    local people, who aren’t cops, who get enough training to be useful, who can be called upon as needed. real backup is an hour away, but a few guys from the posse live just up the street…

    call it a “police auxiliary” if the lefties get their panties in a bunch about it. make ’em cross train with the volunteer fire department as a force multiplier.

  10. singlestack says:

    I’ve lived in my house 20 years and I’ve seen deputies drive by twice in all that time. The second time was about 6 or 7 years ago. I was mowing the yard and we waved to each other as he was going by. He stopped and introduced himself. We got to talking and I mentioned that this was only the second time I’ve seen a deputy here. He said they rarely ever come to this part of the county because there’s no crime. If anything happens the people take care of it. He said the only time he’s had to deal with a crime in this part of the county, some boys came through playing mailbox baseball a couple of years before and the sheriff got called to come pick them up. The boys were hogtied in the church parking lot. Their parents had to replace all the mailboxes they hit (mine was one of them). The boys were regulars at church after that.

  11. Anderson says:

    Well, this may sound terrible but I’m gonna say it anyways: FUCK OHIO LAW ENFORCEMENT. Ohio is the most trucker unfriendly state in the Union. The county and city boys love to pull you over just as you leave a factory dock, before you can hit a scale to adjust your trailer axle position to be “legal” on your weight. Big fine. It’s basically a form of revenue for the local entity that they can extract from out-of-state people. Fuckers.

    And the Highway Patrol/State Police are even worse: they will beat on your door while you are parked and sleeping until you respond. Then they give you an official DOT “inspection”. The problem with this for truck drivers is that their logs require 10 consecutive hours “off-duty” before they can drive again. The “inspection” means that the 10 hours start all over again. Much of the Highway Patrol force is comprised of blacks from the Ohio State football team who weren’t good enough to get drafted by the NFL. Dumber than a box of rocks. FUCK OHIO LAW ENFORCEMENT. They deserve every terrible thing that happens to them for the way they have treated truck drivers.

  12. somedude says:

    the left hates rural folks. well this whats happens when you have years of eco-nazi’s removing the income sources.of rural areas. remove the income, families breakdown, domestics violence, violent non violent crime. drug use, increase. nothing new, happening all over the nation, everything we see in these areas happen in CA years ago.CA is like a fucking road map to the leftist Utopia. good movie: Blue beats green. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WW8O_JF77c i do have questions that LEO has only one backup, up here in my area, many times we Vol EMS/FIRE are on scence before LEO’s and LEO’s get backed up by BLM, FandG, HP, etc.

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