Safety concerns for police are being raised

Dave Spencer with the report

Oxford police is mourning the loss of several officers across the country killed recently in the line of duty,

And they are concerned about a recent rise in anti-police rhetoric that is putting more officers everywhere in danger.

A scary trend is taking shape across the nation - police officers losing their lives in the line of duty.  Seven officers were shot and killed in a six day span.

The latest happened as Major Lem Barney of Riverdale, Georgia was assisting officers by serving a warrant.

The suspect, who shot and killed the officer, ran out the back door.  Violence acts like that are catching the attention of men and women here to serve and protect.

Oxford Police Chief Michael Neymanowski says: "My biggest thing of being the chief is the safety of the officers."

Neymanowski has more than 40 years of experience.  He says it's very concerning to see such violent attacks on officers happening in smaller communities like the one he is in charge of.

"An officer goes through a lot of trauma during a day sometimes out here," said Neymanowski.

That trauma he says can be magnified in a world where body cameras and video phones are everywhere. Each move can be dissected on social media, and it can weigh heavy on anyone.

"There is a small group that wants to scrutinize and bring disrespect when we only have seconds to react," said Neymanowski.

Even though technology has changed, the job still remains the same. They still have to pull someone over and that could be dangerous.

"You have to be aware of your situation at all times," said Neymanowski."Even if you pulling over any vehicle, your surroundings really have to be more aware now a day."

These killings, sometimes execution style, impacts normal day-to-day tasks. Filling out paperwork in a cruiser for example, leaves officers vulnerable.

But the chief says community policing can go a long way towards repairing what appears to be a broken relationship.

"I think one of my best weapons is my mouth (verbal)," said Neymanowski. "If you can talk to them down best thing you have."

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