Local law enforcement issue statements following Dallas shooting
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- The Gainesville Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office issued a statements Friday morning following the shooting in Dallas that left 5 police officers dead Thursday night.
"Our hearts are obviously with the Dallas area police agencies today," the statement from GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias reads. "GPD is staffed by brave men and women that understand the threat of violence is very real. These men and women still suit up and come to work with the mission of protecting and serving the public. Now, our bravery is needed the most. Police around the country are obviously in a heightened state of awareness today and for the foreseeable future. But let me assure you that the level of training to our officers is superb. We can remain vigilant, but at the same time still operate with compassion to the public. We will have that heightened state of awareness, but we will never jump to unnecessary violence or rush to judgement."
A statement from Marion County Sheriff Emery Gainey reads, "The MCSO family’s thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters at the Dallas Police Department. This senseless tragedy and loss of innocent life underscores the dangers every police officer faces every day they put on their badges and uniforms. America has seen too much violence recently which is eating away at the seams of this great country’s foundation. However, America is filled with too many great people to falter. Positive communication and optimistic thoughts and prayers cannot be underrated in these times of heartache, sadness and confusion. I would encourage the citizens of Marion County to continue to be dedicated to each other and to the goodwill we share within this community. Please keep the families and loved ones of those killed or injured in the line of duty at the Dallas Police Department, and the innocent citizens involved in your prayers."
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