Tough Job

Overworked and difficult working conditions. That's the challenges facing a number of sheriffs departments along the Front Range.

Departments are getting stretched thinner and thinner because of a growing population and budgets that are falling short.

Staffing in departments in some counties are falling below the FBI-recommended 1.9 officers per 1 thousand residents. It's translated into longer response times and slashed programs.

Also presenting problems for law enforcement: increased costs for technology, training, and homeland security.