Less than 24 hours ago, shots were fired at members of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
“Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition,” DPD posted to its Facebook page.
Since the time of this posting, another two officers have died.
The attack, while not local, has had a sobering effect on law enforcement agencies across the country.
“Today the members of ACPD (Arkansas City Police Department) mourn the loss of five officers who were killed in the line of duty in Dallas. Our prayers are also with the additional six officers who were wounded in this senseless act of violence against police,” said Arkansas City Police Chief Dan Ward.
“An event such as this causes each of us to reflect and question many of the ideals we have held onto as truths. While we may be shaken, we will only become more resolved in our convictions to serve and protect the citizens of Ark City.”
Arkansas City has not experienced the same law enforcement climate as other cities in recent headlines.
He said his department is fortunate that the relationship the police department has with the citizens of Arkansas City is so positive.
“Our officers are a part of this great community and they are willing to put their lives on the line for each of you. They do so because they recognize the overwhelming support they have from the citizens of Arkansas City,” Ward said. “… here in Ark City we have strengthened our connection due to the outpouring of kind words and gestures from the citizens we serve.”
ACPD has been working diligently to raise the standards it is held to in an effort to become an accredited law enforcement agency.
“While this has been a difficult week for law enforcement officers, we are thankful we live in such a great community and we have such wonderful officers. Together we will heal and move forward,” Ward said.