Police precincts across the nation are tightening security and taking extra precautions to try and secure their officer’s safety while on duty.
In the wake of the Baton Rouge shootings which took place Sunday and killed three law enforcement officers and the Dallas shootings which took place last week and claimed the lives of five police officers, police departments are on guard since there is no denying that our boys in blue are being targeted.
The Dallas, Texas attack killed four police officers and a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officer. A total of 14 people were shot, including two civilians. The heroes in blue that were lost that day are:
Officer Brent Thompson, 43, a former Marine, newlywed, father and grandfather, had worked for DART police since 2009.
Patrick Zamarripa, 32, of Fort Worth, a 2001 graduate of Paschal High School, young father and war veteran. He is described by friends as a “gentleman” who loved America.
Michael Krol, 40, had worked for the Dallas Police Department for nine years after moving to Texas from Michigan.
“He was living a dream of being a police officer,” Susan Ehlke, Krol’s mother.
Michael Smith, 55, who’s brother-in-law called him an exceptional father to two young girls. He served as an Army Ranger and went on to attend the Lamar Institute of Technology before becoming an officer with the Dallas Police Department.
Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, 48, a husband and father who leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. His wife Katrina is a Dallas police detective.
“He loved showing the videos of his kids,” Sr. Cpl. Jaime Castro said. “Every time I saw him he bragged about his kids and how happy he was.”
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana attack that killed three officers and wounded three others was committed by a lone gunman who ambushed the police officers with gunfire. The heroes in blue lost that day are:
Montrell Jackson, 32, a 10-year-veteran and married father of a new baby boy.
Matthew Gerald, 41, who had been serving on the Baton Rouge police force for less than a year when he was killed. Also a Marine and former Black Hawk crew chief in the US Army. He was married with two children.
Brad Garafola, 45, a 24-year veteran of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office and husband and father of four.
Now police across the country are tightening security and taking precautions.
The New York Police Department is doubling up all foot patrols and security posts, according to a memo obtained by CNN. Officers are also being instructed to take all meals and personal breaks in pairs. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is closely monitoring all calls for service and making sure backup is available under all circumstances.
In Cleveland, the police union asked Gov. John Kasich to restrict the state’s open carry laws temporarily for the Republican National Convention in light of the events in Baton Rouge.
For better protection, the Boston and Sacramento, California police departments are requiring that two officers be in every patrol unit. The Indianapolis police are ordering officers to go through training on how to recognize an ambush before it happens and what to do if they find themselves the target of one. Two officers in Baltimore Police Department must now respond to every call.
Several departments across the country told CNN that they are taking more safety measures and tightening security but declined to describe them.
It’s a sad day in our nation when war has been declared on the men and women who have sworn an oath to protect and serve us. This type of hate cannot be tolerated. Our police officers deserve better. #bluelivesmatter