The rash of police officer killings across the country has all law enforcement agencies on alert.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says these are very difficult times.
“I’m not sure if I would ever think I would see the country come to this point and the Kansas City, Kansas incident seemed to underscore already the dangers of police work,” Schmaderer says. “Couple the dangers with some of the extremists that are targeting police officers is quite a problem.”
Chief Schmaderer says in Omaha officers will be trained on new tactics and trends on what to do in the event of an active shooter as well as reducing the risk of being a target. He says officers cannot protect the public unless they can arrive safely and without the fear of being gunned down.
When it comes to police and community relations in Omaha, Schmaderer says the situation in Omaha is much better than in other parts of the country. He says there is a good foundation for those relations and it is important for the community to back law enforcement during good and bad times. He says when the community backs the department it provides a layer of protection in the sense it is not acceptable to be an extremist towards an officer.