The killing of two Cincinnati police officers has given the Tristate's law enforcement community a wake-up call about safety.
''When you hear it, your heart goes into your throat,'' said Kenton County Police Capt. Ed Butler, whose brother, brother's fiancee and aunt work for the Cincinnati Police Division. ''It makes us all step back and think - how many times have we all gone out there and served warrants?''
Spc. Ronald Jeter and Officer Daniel Pope were both shot in the back of the head about midnight Friday.
While officers mourn, they have been advised to be careful. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. ''Tim'' Rodenberg on Monday morning sent his deputies an e-mail: ''In light of the tragedy that happened in Cincinnati over the weekend, we should pause to take stock of our duties, especially the risks involved,'' a portion of the message stated.
''It is certainly a wake-up call,'' he said, noting that in any job, people can become complacent.
Flags flew at half-staff at many departments, and officers everywhere wore black and blue bands across their badges. Most are making arrangements, too, for their officers to attend the funerals of both officers.
''We will honor them just like it was one of our own,'' said Ludlow Police Chief Tom Collins.
When officers arrest someone carrying a gun or knife, they'll think of these slain officers, said Lt. Charles Lindsey, Harrison's acting police chief.
''Every time you have an armed suspect . . . and nothing happens, you wonder whether the person could have pulled it,'' he said.
The Northern Kentucky Police Chiefs Association will meet to discuss what the organization might do for the fallen officers. For Lincoln Heights Police Officer Uhuru Yisrael, the slayings have reinforced his plans to get out of police work.
''It's something to think about,'' he said, ''to make you say, 'Hmmm, am I in the right job or not?' ''
Cindy Schroeder contributed to this report.
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