Local officers send condolences to Dallas, receive support

Posted at 9:23 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 23:23:09-04

The local law enforcement community was rocked by the news of the Dallas shootings.

"It shakes you to the core of your being," Nampa Police Sgt. Mike Wagoner said.

Though they're dealing with a tragedy in their community, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said it's not stopping his officers from doing their job to the fullest.

"It doesn't change what you have to do as an officer," Bones said. "You still have to go out there. You've still got to go on that next call. You have to be ready because there are people that need you."

Local police stations sent their condolences to Dallas on social media. They also received support from the civilian population. 

"People started coming in; they started bringing in cupcakes, cookies, Starbucks coffee, pizzas, cards," Wagoner said. "Moms [were] bringing kids in with handmade goodies and handmade cards."

Wagoner says these types of "thank you"  messages don't go unnoticed.  

"People [are] calling in saying stay safe, we're praying for you," Wagoner said. "Those types of things really make a difference."

Chief Bones adds you can also support the law enforcement community by reporting suspicious activity. Bones said if you see something, say something. It could save an officer's life.

"Recognize the officers that serve your community, and say this is the kind of hate that we're not going to let stand," Bones said.