Local community, law enforcement react to Dallas shooting

Jackson County, Ore. — In the wake of the horrific attack on law enforcement in Dallas, local police departments are reacting.

Medford Police Chief Randy Sparacino said the shooting last night was an attack on law enforcement in general. And while the department isn’t changing their tactics or responses, Dallas is heavy on their hearts tonight. “We mourn for the fallen, our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers, the injured, the families of the fallen officers,” said Chief Sparacino.

The department is also discussing wearing mourning bands in recognition and respect for the lives lost in the shooting.

A Facebook post showed Chief Sparacino receiving gifts from members of the community. The post read in part, “We have been amazed by the positive conversations we’ve had with so many citizens since yesterday’s tragedy.”

Klamath Falls Police Chief David Henslee called the shootings “despicable”. NBC5 News asked Henslee what words he had for his patrol officers in the wake of the shootings. He replied, “I think it’s important that we remember that we have a dangerous job, and it’s important for all of us to believe in our tactics – and to protect each other when we’re out on the street.”

Chief Henslee says he doesn’t plan to put any major procedural changes in place in response to the shootings.

Officers with the Central Point Police department expressed their thanks to the citizens that stopped by the department to show their support.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also thanked the public for their support.

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