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Tallahassee Police will Pair Officers for Service Calls

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-30 06:36:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) is making some changes in light of recent attacks on officers across the country.

TPD will now start sending officers in pairs when responding to calls. This goes for every service call that is made, ranging from traffic crashes to violent crimes such as a shooting.

Officers in divisions such as Criminal Investigations, the Training Unit, and Community Relations will supplement active officers on patrol.

TPD Chief Michael DeLeo made the decision earlier this week, saying that this will help keep not only officers safer, but the community as well.

"It's all about having that extra set of eyes", said TPD spokesperson Mark Adrick, adding "As we saw in Valdosta, an officer was going to the report of a burglary and he went out there and he was shot at and attacked. So its about having that extra set of eyes out there. Maybe if I'm busy doing something, I don't see something else that this other officer could see."

The supplementing officers will not be taken off of their original duties.