Police chiefs around the U.S. began ordering patrol officers to ride in pairs, rather than alone as many routinely do, as a safety precaution after officers were ambushed and killed in Dallas while protecting a protest march, the Washington Post reports.
Officers in Washington, Boston, New York City, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Los Angeles County, among other places, were instructed to find partners. Terry Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and police chief in Wellesley, Ma., said officers “really are going to have to have vigilance. Any traffic stop, at any time, can be deadly. I don’t know what this means. I don’t know if this means more violence perpetrated toward law enforcement as a result of this.”
In Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier the order to partner up a few hours after the attack in Dallas killed five officers and wounded seven others. She said, “Looking at the type of attack that happened in Dallas, a two-man car, a four-man car, a 10-man car, isn’t going to make much of a difference. But it makes the officers feel much safer.”
Police commanders nationwide began pondering not only the significance of the tragedy, but whether they need to reconsider how they do their jobs in a highly charged environment.