When day turns into night, the operators keep the lights low, their eyes focused on the four computer screens in front of them.
One screen shows a series of standard questions the operators ask. But these people are ready for anything.
One dispatcher just talked a suicidal woman out of killing herself.
Dispatchers hone their skills with on-the-job training, and they are all certified in emergency medical response.
Reading from a scripted series of statements they reassure a caller help is on the way. While they are still on the call the dispatcher is already typing instructions that are immediately sent straight to the onboard computer in a sheriff's cruiser.
At each desk is a tower of multi-colored lights: Red means the dispatcher is talking on the radio to deputies; yellow means the dispatcher is on a call; green means the dispatcher is available for a call. And blue means no one is on the phone.
Another day, another night at the 911 call center, the front line in the war on crime and drugs.
So the next time you see the blue and red lights behind you, remember there's a team of dedicated first-responders who have your back.