Kirkland police receive outpouring of support in wake of Dallas shootings

Following the attack on police officers in Dallas last week, in which five members of the force were killed, departments around the country have reacted to the violence in different ways.

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Following the attack on police officers in Dallas last week, in which five members of the force were killed, departments around the country have reacted to the violence in different ways.

Kirkland Police Department spokesperson Lt. Rob Saloum said officers here have experienced broad community support.

“It’s been probably the most outpouring since 9/11 occurred with that kind of support,” he said.

He said residents have been bringing in baked goods and flowers, as well as sending encouraging emails and thanking officers in the streets.

While the Seattle Police Department will be adjusting their patrol routine to facilitate two officers per car, Saloum said his department is not planning on making any changes.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of the city and the support of the public with what we do in our town,” he said.

Attacks on officers are dealt with by individuals in different ways, he said, much of it is done privately but he said comradey in the department has been increased.

Public safety is often high on Kirkland residents list of concerns, but Saloum said officers are always aware of the dangers their profession poses.

“We deal with a lot of stress and we deal with a lot of difficult things,” he said. “That could have been you, that type of thought, but the officers are dealing with it pretty well.”

He said the Kirkland Police Department will continue to treat residents professionally and with respect.

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