“Last night, we witnessed the deadliest attack on law enforcement in the United States since 9/11.

Heartbroken, saddened, sickened, appalled – none of these words are strong enough to express how I feel about the tragic and senseless deaths of the five officers in Dallas, Texas, and the seven others that were wounded.

As Chief, I know our entire agency grieves with the brave men and women of the Texas law enforcement community.  They are in need of our thoughts and prayers in the days and months ahead.

Like law enforcement officers everywhere, you put your lives in harms way on a daily basis, to protect our freedom and democracy, confront dangerous behavior and crime, and to ensure the safety of communities across our State. We do this because we took an oath to safeguard our fellow citizens.  We strongly believe in that oath, and we feel an allegiance to the members of the communities we protect and the citizens we serve across our State.  The police officers in Dallas were acting as guardians and protectors of protesters.

It’s important for everyone to understand, law enforcement officers, like the people we serve, are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons.  Despite the passions aroused by recent events, we must realize that violence is never the answer.

My encouragement to all is, rather than letting this tragedy divide us, this is a time for us to come together as a community and share our grief and to look for solutions.

As the situation in Dallas continues to develop, we will communicate the facts to you.  Please stay safe.” -Chief Batiste

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