How law enforcement officers work through winter weather and icy roads

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Even when the roads are at their worst, law enforcement officers still have to answer the call.

But just like you should, they prepare for the weather.

"Just as much as we don't want to be on the street we know we have to be just to make sure if people do get stuck, we can help them and then get them into a warm place if we can't get their vehicle un-stuck," said James Spiker with the Topeka Police Department.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Topeka Police Department have a big responsibility on wintry days.

You might be able to stay home safe but officers like James Spiker with TPD and Stephen LaRow with KHP are in the thick of it.

"We have our troopers out on the roadway we're gonna clear up wrecks as soon as we can, we're gonna get to people as soon as we can," said LaRow.

LEO's pack extra gear in their trunks to beat the cold.

"On winter days I always bring an extra set of gloves just in case if I have to potentially push a car or do anything like that and my gloves get wet. I always have an extra jacket as well," Spiker said.

Making sure you and your vehicle are roadworthy should be top priority.

"Troopers gotta prepare to be out there. They gotta have gas in their cars, they gotta have food, they're gonna have coffee and they're gonna have warm clothing just like you should," LaRow said.

After all, they don't drive special vehicles in the winter. They drive with caution, and they say you should too.

"Everybody says, 'Well how do you get from wreck to wreck?' well the same way you would. The tires aren't special, the cars aren't that special, we have to drive the same roadways and that takes time. So that goes back to are you prepared to be stuck on the side of the road for a little while because it may take us a while to get out to you."

Just like law enforcement you too, should prepare before going out in cold weather.

Bring warm clothes and an emergency kit - and give yourself extra time so you can slow down on the road.

"We want to help you, but you've gotta be prepared to help yourself in case we can't get to you," LaRow said.