Police across the country are on high alert after four attacks on officers Sunday alone in Texas, Missouri and Florida. Omaha Police Officer Tony Connor is the Vice-President of the Omaha Police Officers Association and says the department here is taking extra precautions to remain safe.
Many officers work alone in a cruiser, Officer Conner says, “Some officers choose to go back to the assembly to do their reports or find a parking lot where they can have a little more space to get their reports done. Keep in mind there have been ambushes with officers sitting in their cruisers. There is no rhyme or reason for some of these ambushes.”
Officer Conner says members of the OPD went through ambush training earlier this year that provided valuable information on how to stay safe on the job.
Officer Conner says the majority of people know how to approach officers in the correct manner. However, officers may become nervous if they are approached by someone with their hands in their pockets and refuse to make eye contact.
The number of ambushes on police officers is up 71% this year alone.