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Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer reacts to police shootings across the country

OPD Chief Schmaderer reacts to police shootings
Posted at 5:39 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 19:53:44-05

After more ambush-style attacks on cops across the country, Omaha's top cop speaks out about the concerns he has for his officers.

The Omaha Police Department knows what it's like to lose one of its own.  In May of 2015 Officer Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed. 

After the Dallas police shootings in July, OPD put on specialized trainings to give officers an edge while on the job. 

“Omaha Police Officers have decided, hey this is a very dangerous time across the country, but policing is desperately needed.  They decided lets be a model for the rest of the country,” said Chief Todd Schmaderer.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says departments have to actively work to combat the problem.  He believes eventually the trend of police shootings will fade.

“Collectively the country has to come up with some solutions.  Things like enhancements in mental health, enhancements in police/community relations and enhancements in these early warning trackings that could pick up some of these arrant individuals before attacks happen,” said Schmaderer. 

Chief Schamaderer says here in Omaha police have a good relationship with the community.  Our population is willing to work with officers and look out for them, leading to an atmosphere of mutual respect. The positive relationship keeps both officers and citizens safe. 

“We love to interact with the public and when it's a positive interaction like that the only thing it does is motivate us to make this city better,” said Schmaderer.