LPD on alert after mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder

Increased police presence, closely monitoring criminal intelligence are examples of LPD protocols implemented in response to mass shootings across the country.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The tragic events in Atlanta and Boulder in recent weeks have LPD officers on alert.

When mass shootings happen across the country, LPD implements a series of protocols to stop criminal behavior before it starts.

“In the immediate aftermath of something like this tragedy that happens in another part of the country, we will do things like increase our patrols towards crowded spaces, shopping malls, supermarkets, places of worship, and places like that,” LPD Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said. “We want to reassure the public that we are there protecting them and we want to deter any possible copycat crimes.”

Increasing patrol vehicle presence in the city is an example of a short-term protocol. Yearly active shooter training is just one example of a long-term protocol to help prepare LPD officers to respond if needed.

“We are always monitoring criminal intelligence or possible threats, threats, online social media, places like that, so that we can hopefully intercept those individuals before they carry out their acts of violence,” Bonkiewicz said.

Governor Ricketts says flags will fly at half-staff to honor victims of yesterday’s supermarket shooting in Boulder. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on March 27.

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