It is very apparent Sheriff Harold Carter spends very little time out in the real world observing the performance of his deputies.
Stop by Brownie's Restaurant in Brawley between 4 and 5 a.m. and you will see all three deputies assigned to the Northend, including the duty sergeant, socializing.
Highway 111 between Brawley and Bombay Beach is a narrow two-lane road with very narrow shoulders where large trucks can't clear the traffic lane. Within river bottoms and several blind curves, even emergency vehicles cannot safely merge into the oncoming traffic lane. Thus the trip from Brawley to Bombay can easily exceed one hour.
Recently when a person in Niland phoned 911 and waited one and a half hours for a deputy to arrive, Sheriff's Office personnel refused to comment on the reason, even after publication of the event in this newspaper.