OCEANO, Calif. - While many are sleeping, deputies working the overnight shift for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department are on duty ready to answer any call.
It's the start of a ten-hour overnight shift for San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department deputies Brian Geremia and Matt Davis. As soon as they get in their patrol car, the first call for service comes in.
It's a call of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Oceano. Deputies Geremia and Davis respond within minutes.
"Those situations certainly can be the most volatile that we respond to", Deputy Brian Geremia said, "you never know what you're going to encounter when you get there."
Back on patrol, deputies Geremia and Davis, both of whom grew up in Arroyo Grande, respond to a call about possible illegal fireworks at a remote, rural location in the county.
Once again, the call ends without confrontation, arrest or citation. But the deputies know that can happen at any time with any call for service.
"Every day is a challenge overall, I mean in this job you're forced to think outside the box, there are situations that are forever evolving and developing when you're there", Deputy Geremia said, "so we come up with some sort of plan to either mitigate the problem, or find a solution, or educate so we can prevent a problem from reoccurring, it keeps you on your toes."
Deputies Geremia and Davis work out of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department South County Station in Oceano. Department policy requires two deputies per patrol car on the overnight shift.
For the deputies who work overnight out of the South County station, they have quite a bit of territory to cover, more than 800 square miles.
Responding to what they see while on patrol is also a big part of the job.
The deputies stop an individual they know from previous encounters riding his bike in an area where they know he does not live.
The man is asked to leave after being searched and cleared for any outstanding arrest warrants.
It's routine stuff for the deputies on overnight patrol, both of whom chose a career in law enforcement.
"I've always wanted to go out and be able to help people, protect people", Deputy Geremia said, "if I can go out every night and make a difference in just one person's life, and help one person with the one situation, that's a success for me."