Sadness and shock was the overall response from officers in Vermont, Sunday.
“We are still going to be out there protecting the public as we normally do,” said South Burlington Police Sergeant Dave MacDonough.
MacDonough has been in law enforcement for 20 years. He says while operations will go on as usual, extra steps are being taken to stay safe.
“We are going to be backing up officers, when one officer is free in one zone we’ll maybe have them in their area or try to go with them so basically go in strength and numbers,” explained MacDonough.
In Burlington, police continue to practice dual patrols. Officers there have been going on patrol in pairs since the police shootings in Dallas.
In response to Sunday’s news, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said, “Our nation has created a cycle of violence that’s led to the senseless murder of it’s police, who are its very fabric.
Burlington resident Paul Buschner views law enforcement as an asset for a community, but hopes this national crisis is resolved.
“The issue of police misappropriating their authority is dealt with on a national basis and that we will a better relationship between the community and the police because they are really here for us not against us,” said Buschner.
MacDonough says he and his officers will continue serving their community no matter what.
“We have to be there for the public, while everybody has recognized that our job is difficult we have to remember that we signed up for the job, we are here for the public we appreciate what the public has done and their response and understanding that our job is difficult but we are still there from them,” said MacDonough.
Police in Winooski and Colchester are both operating as usual, but said they will remain vigilant.