In the wake of the shooting at Dallas police headquarters, the Dallas Police Association issued this statement on Saturday afternoon:
In the wake of the violent overnight attack on the Dallas Police Department headquarters, the Dallas Police Association (DPA) is urging all law enforcement officers to be extra attentive to potential threats both on and off duty, including dangers to their family and home. The attack comes just days after a Houston police officer was shot in the back while on a routine traffic stop.
“Last night’s attack on the men and women of the Dallas Police Department proves the uncomfortable reality that all law enforcement need to face – there is a growing threat to the lives of police officers,” said Frederick Frazier, Vice President of the Dallas Police Association. “We urge all law enforcement to be extra attentive to their surroundings both on and off duty, and this should extend to the safety and security of their family and home.”
“With the often inaccurate and negative portrayal of law enforcement by the media and the violent rhetoric used by anti-police instigators, the narrative has been set that it is open season on officers across our country,” added Frazier. “I hope those who wish to unfairly criticize our profession for political gain can now see that their words can fuel extreme violence.”
The attack on the DPD headquarters was carried out in a bulletproof van, reinforcing the need for police departments to have access to armored personnel carriers to respond to such a crisis.
“The violent means in which criminals carry out their offenses is becoming more brazen, and police officers often times are facing superior weapons. Having access to armored personnel carriers could be the difference between life and death, not just for our police officers, but also for the innocent families or schoolchildren targeted by violent criminals,” said Frazier.
The DPA is also calling for DPD leadership to implement new security measures at the police headquarters and all substations across the city. Currently, substation parking lots for officers are open to the public. In recent weeks, an unidentified man was caught videotaping officers in the parking lot of the Northwest substation.