“Shock, horror, devastated.” Superintendent George Dmytruk is trying to find the words to describe his reaction to the killings of the five police officers in Dallas Thursday night. DRPS lowered its flags to half-staff on Friday to honour the Dallas police officers who lost their lives.
A gesture that is usually saved for a Canadian officer killed in the line of duty.
“It may be the worst violence I have seen against law enforcement ever, certainly in the states. It’s just a tragedy” Dmytruk said.
The attacks happened during a peaceful protest over the recent police shootings in the U.S. involving black men. The protests have an overlying issue that accuse the officers involved for using unnecessary force. Here in Durham Region officers have rarely had to use force over the last year
“It’s used minimally.With 50,000 occurrences where we have interaction with the public.” Dmytruk is charge of our Crime Management Branch for the DRPS. “In those incidents it’s less than one quarter of one percent where we actually have to use force and when we use force it’s only the force to the level that we need to, to resolve the situation”
If an officer does use force of any kind it will be under review
“Every time an officer uses force he or she is accountable and certainly has to submit a use of force report and we review that to make sure the use of force was in fact appropriate not only for the safety of the officer but the citizens involved”
The attacks in the U.S. has showed a clear divide between law enforcement and a group of civilians.
“I certainly think in Canadian law enforcement that we do an exceptional job and have a strong relationship with the public and have high level of trust and high level of confidence and I do believe the same level exists in the states but it certainly is a little less.Much of that involves media politicians, social media, journalistic reporting and unfortunately I don’t know how long this is going to go on for but it needs to have a positive turn to it”
Authorities say Thursday night was the deadliest day for U.S.law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.