On the morning of July, 8, the nation awoke to the horrific details of the mass killings of Dallas, Texas police officers. As the first rays of morning light shone through, five police officers lay dead and 11 others injured. Less than two weeks later, three more officers’ lives were senselessly taken in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The killings were the result of planned attacks on the nation’s police officers.
As the nation mourned the loss of America’s finest, citizens across the country began gathering to show their support to law enforcement. The Dallas police department recently reported a 344 percent increase in applications since the shootings in that city.
In College Station, Texas, residents flooded the city’s police department with gifts of balloons and flowers to show their support. Many delivered food to the officers to thank them for their service. Lt. Steve Brock, a 22 year veteran of the police department was touched by the sentiment. “It makes us feel like a family,” he said.
Brock spoke of the personal connection all law enforcement feels when one of their own is killed in the line of duty, saying, “… we hurt when they hurt.” He reiterated the need for law enforcement to have a positive relationship with citizens and stated that the College Station police department and its residents have a good relationship. Brock also urged residents to continue supporting police.
In an effort to help break down the barriers between officers and citizens, the CSPD recently held a Q&A at the Lincoln Center which lasted for 3 ½ hours. More than 70 residents gathered to have their questions answered by officers. The response to the Q&A was very positive according to Lt. Brock and there are plans to hold a future one with students of Texas A&M.