Homeland Security Expert: The way law enforcement operates will change

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Following the Police ambush in Dallas, Police Commanders nationwide are now questioning whether they need to reconsider how they do their jobs in a more highly charged environment.

Local police and State Troopers have been advised not to speak with the media, but News 4 spoke with a Homeland Security Expert about the changing industry.

Medaille College Professor and Homeland Security Expert Steve MacMartin said, “This hits home to every Police Officer, everywhere.”  Police chiefs around the country began ordering officers to ride in pairs.This, as a safety precaution after officers were ambushed and killed in Dallas while protecting a protest march.   Buffalo’s Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda made that same order. The biggest fear right now is that a copycat criminal may try and attack more police.

MacMartin said, “No officer anywhere knows whether or not they could be the next victim.”  But MacMartin said this is going to change the way law enforcement functions across the country.  He said, “Since the shooting officers are going to go about their job differently, everywhere they’re all going to have this in the back of their minds, whether they have it in the back of their minds as a primary threat or not. Certainly, in Dallas, Officers are going to have this as a primary thought as they do their job.”

MacMartin said he expects officers will now need a greater sense of personal security. “They’re going to go with a heightened sense of security, a heightened sense of awareness, and an understanding that they are more at threat today than they were yesterday.” Despite this, MacMartin said police will continue to do their jobs.

He said, “This is a tense time for law enforcement, and yet, those people are going to go out there and do their jobs, and they’re going to do them as well as they would have done them before. I think thats worthy of respect.”

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