Whenever members of law enforcement put on their badge, they never know what they’ll encounter.
“We know that there’s an increased risk, and we know that there’s climate in today’s society where there’s an enhanced violence toward officers,” said Jennifer Dean, manager for sex offender services across the state.
Rountine calls for sheriff’s deputies and poolice officers can take a dangerous turn in an instant.
“When you’re serving a warrant on an individual you are serving them with notice that their freedom is about to be stunted. And that can cause fear and unrest within them so you have to deal with that inevitability,” said Dean.
In every situation, Dean gears herself up for what she might face.
“Mental preparedness. That’s where the battle starts first,” said Dean. “You have to be able to deal with the potential for scenarios to increase your reaction time.”
Dean understands risk comes with the job.
“We temper that with knowing we’re called to perform our job tasks and duties. And we weigh that fear with public safety,” said Dean.
Being as prepared as possible helps combat the threat of danger.
“We are trained as far as firearms, defense tactics as well. We partner and go in teams..we don’t go to home visits alone so we ensure we are partnered with other officers,” explained Dean.
When an officer is injured or killed anywhere in the country, it impacts the entire law enforcement family.
“The immediate thoughts are how to stay safe. You go through your training and protocols that you have been trained on,” said Dean. “You really lean on your law enforcement community because they understand that fear better than anyone else can.”