BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has sworn in more than 110 deputies since Sunday's deadly shooting.
These aren't new recruits. They're deputies from other parishes who have been called in for assistance. Nine different parishes have lent their help since Sunday afternoon.
That includes nearby parishes like Ascension, West Baton Rouge, Iberville and north Louisiana Parishes like Bossier. Sheriff Mike Cazes of West Baton Rouge is the Southern Region Commander for the Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force. He helps with the organization and deployment of these extra deputies.
"They know a fellow deputy is coming that's fresh and well-rested," Cazes said. "It just builds morale so much more because any time you've been in a situation, the adrenaline is pumping and everything else. So when this new blood comes in, this body comes in, it's a tremendous relief that you know you got somebody there to help you."
The extra deputies will be working patrols so East Baton Rouge Deputies and city police can rest. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Deputy Ellis Diaz came to Baton Rouge Sunday afternoon. He says he felt a sense of duty to come and help.
"Police work is police work no matter where you go," Diaz said. "People didn't see West Feliciana. People didn't see these other jurisdictions. People saw police officers going out there trying to help them, trying to help the community, trying to protect the public."
Cazes says the additional deputies will work until Sheriff Gautreaux says they are no longer needed. They will also work extra time during funeral services this week so Baton Rouge officers can attend the ceremonies.
"We all got that commitment, we'll never turn our back on one another," Cazes said. "As far as when tragedy hits, we're here to do a job and the job is to protect and serve the people of this community."