Are Law Enforcement Officers and Personnel in Our Area Safe?

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

A man opens fire inside of a Detroit, Michigan police precinct wounding four officers and begging the question: are law enforcement headquarters in our area safe?

Anyone can just walk into the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Tallahassee Police Department. There are no metal detectors in either of these public places, but personnel say they do have safeguards in place to keep them safe.

A man easily strolls into the Tallahassee Police Department carrying a black bag. He goes to the front counter and pulls out; a pizza.

Officers say had it been something dangerous, they would be ready.

Around 4:20PM, Sunday (1-23), police say 38-year-old Lamar Moore of Detroit walked through the front door of Detroit's 6th precinct and opened fire.

He wounded four officers before he was shot and killed.

Detroit precincts don't have metal detectors, and the front desks are not fitted with Plexiglas-type shields.

In Tallahassee, police say their first line of defense is an armed uniformed officer who's always at the front desk.

"You can't get anywhere else in the building without a proximity card; or the officer has to let you inside of the locked doors; and if you were going to meet someone on a different floor, there's going to be someone who's going to come down and meet you in the lobby and escort you anywhere else in the building," says Officer Anitra Highland with the Tallahassee Police Department.

Officers say security gates and cameras are also valuable tools utilized in Tallahassee's precinct.

"Our most important assets are our people. When people see things that are suspicious here, they report them immediately," says Officer Dave McCranie with TPD.

"If they're putting their lives on the line to protect the citizens, why not themselves be protected; because if we don't have anybody to protect us, then ... So, they need to be protected," says local resident Hazel Harrison.

The spokespersons for TPD and LCSO say they cannot recall a time when they've had to deal with a gunman inside of their headquarters and while they can't divulge all security measures, they do give the assurance that the buildings are safe and secure.

The TPD spokesperson says there are not any plans for metal detectors because he says TPD's lobby is small and the access points are controlled.

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  • by jay Location: fl. on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    yes they are safe. we dont need any extra expense for fancy life saveing equiptment that they will never wear just because a few of them were killed.i see people in my line of work get killed all the time. they are careless accidents that are caused by themselves.
  • by wendy Location: leon on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    i think the police should get 60 percent of every ticket they write.
  • by chuck on Jan 25, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    Lip Cheese, here is a revelation for you...there are BAD apples in EVERY job, not just law enforcement. There are crooked people in your profession, whatever that may be. READ THE PAPERS! There are bad doctors, clergy members, teachers, on and on. Police are no different but the VAST MAJORITY do a great job and we should appreciate those officers, not comdemn them. I bet you probably got a ticket or two, or more and just can't stand it. If you can do better, put on a uniform and badge or shut up.
  • by Lip Cheese on Jan 25, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    What is a Moster "Supporter of LEO"? To blindly say they are all good is misspelling words. No record here, just been around. Also, newspapers report crooked cop stories all the time. Your attack on me just proves my words..former LEO.
  • by Chuck on Jan 25, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    Amen Sam!! God Bless our Law Enforcement Officers. John, do us all a favor and handle your own problems when crimes are committed against you or a family member. BY all means, don't call the police since you obviously can do much better without them. You criminal punk.
  • by Sam Location: FL on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    I obey the laws, I've never had any issues or contact with law enforcement. John must be angry that they found his meth lab or that his mommy didn't give him enough attention.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    That's a bit like asking if soldiers in a war zone are safe. Of course they are not safe! They deal with dope addicts, murderers, the deranged, the hopeless, the desperate, terrorists, and others who place no value on human life. Law enforcement must deal with the innocent that look guilty at first glance, those that are innocent, and those that are guilty that look innocent. Theirs is a world in which a sudden, unexpected snap decision can result in life or death. A decision that is too slow perhaps their own death or the deaths of innocent people, too fast and perhaps the death of an innocent person. To make it worse, there are long periods of no involvement in deadly incidents, and then there is one that looks just like them that is suddenly and swiftly deadly. No, law enforcement officers are not safe. They do their jobs in an effort to keep us safe. Thanks, ladies and gentlemen of law enforcement.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    There is a reason law enforcement is under the CIVILIAN CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT...
  • by Anita Location: Tallahassee on Jan 25, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    Our lawmakers need to enact laws to protect law enforcement officers and not felons and criminals or the people that harbor them. Especially when they go after these felons with arrest warrants. Gov. Scott PLEASE HELP our officers.
  • by shadow on Jan 25, 2011 at 03:24 AM
    To speak for those of us that have lived and learned law enforcement, we made it our career because we wanted to make a difference. Speaking for the 14 officers killed so far this year, they will not get a chance to see if they did or not. Rest in peace and ignore the idiots that continue to criticize and not "do".
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