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GEARING UP...

16 WAPT'S SCOTT SIMMONS-- TALKED

TO POLICE IN BRANDON TODAY --

WHO SAY THEY'RE ON-ALERT --

SCOTT?

BRANDON POLICE ARE TOLD TO

ALWAYS BE VIGILANT BUT LATELY

THEY SAY THEY DON'T

NEED MORE REASON TO BE CAUTIOUS

AFTER A

RASH OF POLICE SHOOTINGS AROUND

THE COUNTRY. BUT THEY ARE

CHECKING TO MAKE SURE ..THEIR

PROTECTIVE GEAR IS UP TO SPECS.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A NORMAL

DAY AT WORK FOR PATROLMAN KEVIN

O'FLARITY.

PATROLMAN KEVIN O'FLARITY/BRANDO

N POLICE DEPARTMENT: MY HEAD IS

ON A SWIVEL NOW A LOT

MORE THAN IT HAS BEEN IN MY

ENTIRE

CAREER. HE SAYS NOW -- NO DAY

IS NORMAL AFTER SHOOTERS

ATTACKED AT LEAST 4 OFFICERS IN

THE PAST 2 WEEKS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PERHAPS

EVEN

TARGETED.

PATROLMAN KEVIN O'FLARITY/BRANDO

N POLICE DEPARTMENT: I FIND

MYSELF GOING TO A GAS STATION TO

GET GAS I'M LOOKING AROUND AT

EVERYBODY ... WATCHING THEIR

HANDS.

THAT ADDITIONAL CAUTION IS ALSO

FOUND WITH THE POLICE

CHIEF..WORRIED ABOUT 39-OF HIS

OWN....

CHIEF WILLIAM THOMPSON/BRAND ON

POLICE DEPT.: COWARDLY

INDIVIDUALS AMBUSHING AN OFFICER

THAT'S NOT READY FOR IT.

THOMPSON HAS TAKEN IT UPON

HIMSELF TO

MAKE SURE EVERY BRANDON

OFFICER'S

GEAR IS UP TO DATE.. AND THAT

INCLUDES

THE BULLET PROOF PANELS IN THEIR

VESTS.

CHIEF WILLIAM THOMPSON/BRAND ON

POLICE DEPT.: MANUFACTURERS FOR

THE MOST PART WILL SAY A VEST IS

GOOD 5- YEARS FROM DATE OF

MANUFACTURER.

SO UPDATING MAKING SURE THE

OFFICERS ARE WEARING CURRENT

VESTS WITHIN THAT 5-YEAR RANGE.

TRAINING PROCEDURES AT THE STATE

POLICE TRAINING ACADEMY ARE NOT

CHANGING...BUT ONE OF THE

COMMANDERS

WANTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO

TAKE

ACTION.

MAJ. THOMAS TUGGLE/MS HIGHWAY

PATROL: I THINK THERE NEEDS TO

BE SOMEBODY TO

COME OUT FROM THE EXECUTIVE

BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND MAKE A

STATEMENT THAT HEINOUS ACTS LIKE

WE JUST WITNESSED IN TEXAS, THEY

NEED TO CONDEMN THESE THINGS

BECAUSE SILENCE

CAN BE TAKEN AS A SIGN OF

ENDORSEMENT AND SOME WEAK

MINDED INDIVIDUAL MIGHT TAKE

THAT

AS AN ENDORSEMENT. MAJOR THOMAS

TUGGLE SAYS HE

TEACHES OFFICERS THAT THEY HAVE

A JOB

TO COME HOME AFTER EACH SHIFT.

MAJ. THOMAS TUGGLE/MS HIGHWAY

PATROL: OUR JOBS IS TO PROTECT

AND SERVE IF FOR

SOME REASON AN INDIVIDUAL IS

AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS YOU WE

HAVE TO BE AGGRESSIVE BACK, OUR

JOB IS TO GO HOME EVERY NIGHT

AND WE TRY TO TELL THESE GUYS IN

HERE THERE IS NO QUITTING.

STATE AND LOCAL POLICE SAY THEY

ARE TELLING THEIR OFFICERS TO

FOCUS ON THEIR JOB...AND NOT

LOSE THAT

"SITUATIONAL AWARENESS" THAT CAN

SAVE A LIFE, PERHAPS EVEN

THEIR'S.

LIVE IN BRANDON SCOTT SIMMONS 16

WAPT NEWS.

THANKS SCOTT...

PEARL POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR

AN

81-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO WENT MISSING

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