Local law enforcement prepares to relieve New Orleans police

The news out of New Orleans is disturbing when it comes to police: hundreds have not reported to work, dozens have quit, and two have committed suicide.

It has been stressful work, but relief may be coming--some of it from Shelby County.

They're some of the most searing images of Hurricane Katrina. Police wielding shotguns at looters and others in the wake of the deadly storm.

Yesterday in New Orleans police shot and killed five people who had fired on contract workers repairing a bridge.

"I cannot imagine the added stress of the people that you're trying to help the people you're trying to rescue are the same ones shooting at you. That even adds a different stress to it," said John Yancy of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

So far dozens of New Orleans Police have quit and hundreds are unaccounted for and two have committed suicide.

At Dunn Elementary -- now a shelter housing at least 30 evacuees -- reserve deputies do whatever they can... From carrying in food and water to providing security.

They empathize with police in New Orleans

"Who knows how many of them lost their families lost their loved ones their houses, their property all their personal belongings, I mean the only thing they probably have is the uniforms they were wearing when Katrina hit," said Shelby OCunty Deputy Jimmy Busch.

Meanwhile police here in the Mid-South are preparing to go to New Orleans to provide relief.

"We got those people ready. They're sittin on go. I got our dog teams, our cadaver dog teams ready to go," said Yancy.

Yancey says if they get the call, deputies will be prepared to do whatever it takes to back up a New Orleans department starting to crack.

"Looking for bodies or for lives. Our dogs will work on both cadaver and live and backing these police up whatever they need us to do with the officers that we bring," he said.

Those reserve deputies who are working here. Their salary is a dollar a year. They are basically volunteers here--doing this out of the goodness of their heart.

Some of them have volunteered and may also be dispatched to New Orleans.