(WTNH) — These latest cop killings are definitely not overlooked by local police departments, but for the most part, they are changing nothing, since the everyday routine for police is a constant state of awareness and vigilance of inherit dangers with the job.
“We’re trying to keep them centered. Trying to keep them focused in the proper state of mind to go out and centered to serve our city,” said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.
Word of another ambush-style, random murder of police officers — this time in Des Moines — weighs heavy as Connecticut cops suit up, and head out.
“The job is dangerous enough,” said Branford Police Capt. Geoff Morgan. “And then to get into a time in policing where people are going out and ambushing officers just because they’re officers is certainly alarming.”
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Departments are trying to keep their officers focused after this year filled with high-profile police killings. From Dallas, where five officers guarding a peaceful protests were gunned down by a sniper. To Baton Rouge, where three officers lost their lives after being ambushed.
“They have to stay focused and centered and not let national events affect their way of doing business,” Foley said.
Police killings are actually on the decline according to the most recent crime figures. FBI statistics show that in 2015, officers intentionally killed in the line of duty was 41. That’s down nearly 20 percent from 2014’s total of 51. Branford Police try their best to reassure officers and their family’s of these facts, but they also provide them with the best equipment and comfortable body armor to protect against the unforeseen.
“The deaths of those officers rests heavy on their mind. Certainly rests heavy on their minds of their family members,” Morgan said. “And we’re doing everything we can to keep everyone as safe as we can.”
Other practical ways local departments protect officers is sending multiple units to certain calls, like domestic disputes. They also recommend that officers not sit idle in their cars when they fill out police reports, but instead come on back to the safety of their headquarters.