NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Police departments across Connecticut are making safety changes after two New York police officers were shot to death Saturday inside their patrol car and a Florida police officer was shot and killed Sunday.
Chief Gary MacNamara with the Fairfield Police department said, “every police department in the country is looking at their response plans, their protection plans and their community outreach.”
The New Haven police department implemented a two officer per car policy. David Hartman with the New Haven Police Department said, “many of our 911 cars that respond to the general type of police cars are single officer cars so now they are condensed into one vehicle.”
In Fairfield, two officers are pairing up while responding to calls. “It really forces us to take a measured look at our response, to look at when our officers are alone should there be backup? Should there be more officers on scene to do that,” MacNamara said. Hartman added, “I think it bolsters an officers peace of mind a bit that one is looking out for the other.”
Police Chief Gary MacNamara said officers will always be here to protect the community. “Police officers took this job to protect the public and we will continue to do that.”
Hartford public information officer, sent out a tweet saying:
2014 Cop: Loyal like a dog thats abused and kicked. When you dial 911, we will still come to help- we will still give our best. #NYPDSTRONG
— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) December 21, 2014