In wake of the ambush that left five officers dead and seven wounded in Dallas, police in Northern Nevada have received vague threats for similar acts of violence.
Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen told the Tribune on Monday that there have been unverified reports from different sources about attacks on local officers in Northern Nevada following the events last Thursday.
“As a department we’re concerned for the safety of our officers and the community as a whole,” Allen said. “We’ve since taken steps to provide additional safety to our officers.”
In a statement issued earlier, Allen offered his condolences to the Dallas Police Department and their families, and thanked the people of Sparks for the outpouring of support he and his officers have received.
“The amount of community support for the Sparks Police and law enforcement is humbling,” the statement read.
“Community leaders, businesses, the news media, but most importantly our citizens have e-mailed, texted, posted or called expressing their thoughts and prayers for those in Dallas and our local police. Our break room is full of food, cards and donations expressing our community’s thanks for our police.”
Sparks Mayor Geno Martini also weighed in on the nation’s deadliest attack on police since 9/11, expressing his condolences from the City of Sparks to the families and friends who lost their loved one’s in the line of duty.
“There is never an excuse for the killing of innocent lives. We all must unite, stand together and commit ourselves to find a way to see a more peaceful nation,’’ Martini said. “The tragedy in Dallas has given me a chance to reflect on our local police. The 104 police officers in the City of Sparks along with police officers throughout our region are some of the most dedicated law enforcement officials I know. Please pray for their safety as they report to work, put their lives on the line and make the sacrifices they do to keep us safe every day.”
A vigil was held on Sunday at the Word of Life Church in Reno, and was attended by several community leaders including Allen, Reno Police Chief Jason Soto and Washoe County Undersheriff Susan Schilling.