The Kemper County Sheriff's Department patrols some 850 miles of county roads in an area of 766 square miles. The county is divided into patrol zones to facilitate scheduling in all areas of the county. The chief deputy is responsible for such scheduling and does it in a way not to establish a pattern and does so to provide maximum patrol visibility for the entire county. Patrolling is done primarily with marked patrol units and supplemented when needed with unmarked units. Maximum visibility of patrol units is a deterrent to crime and is one of the pro-active means of crime prevention. Patrol deputies live in different areas of the county to maximum extent possible in order to further provide total coverage.