Local departments open up about attacks on police

Posted By: Sarah Fili

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Following attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, departments around the country are changing policies and sparking conversation. The oath is to serve and protect, but what about when those in uniform need protected?

"If you can have these things in some place like Dallas that had nothing to do with any of these incidents that created the grievance it could happen anywhere and i think that’s what’s particularly frightening.”

Public Safety Director Tom Casady says officers are confident in their skills, but it’s still a tough time to be an officer, especially for families.

"I know how frightening it is for them; every time their loved one goes off for a shift they’re worried. When this type of violence van be targeted at police officers just because of the uniform they wear it’s really really bothering those families,” he said.

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister says he worries every day for not only his officers, but those around the country. These attacks call the future of policing into question as well. Training will change and update for existing officers, but will recruiting be more difficult?

"I truly believe that the citizens of Lincoln and those that have service in their heart will look at this as an opportunity to say you know what the police, and our profession throughout the nation serves a noble purpose and we truly believe this will bring in more applicants in that can make a difference in the lives of those we serve,” Bliemeister said.

Casady says he worries this will affect numbers for recruiting, but says often times it is cyclical. He adds that when he joined the force, times were turbulent as well.

The Chief says they have a difficult time recruiting employees that fit the demographic they want, but they won’t compromise high quality for numbers. He says, no matter what- they’ll always provide a safe and secure environment for all of Lincoln, despite the violence around the country.

Casady tells me officers have been going through a program called “Fair and Impartial Training,” in hopes that they’ll better understand the community they serve.

He also says the best way to combat the tension right now is to say thank you to a law enforcement agent if you see them- a simple gesture that goes a long way in times like this.