- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha police officials say they will step up event security and officer training in the wake of deadly attacks on officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2ad75f2 ) that security will be strengthened for the public’s safety at major events, such as the minute of silence ceremony this Sept. 11.

“We are expanding our security protocol and our resources to do everything in our power to make sure those go off safe,” he said.

All Omaha officers will also soon receive additional daylong active-shooter training. The new training will cover some of the tactics that have been used in recent attacks, particularly the sniper in Dallas and the truck attack in Nice, France.

Schmaderer said he commends the Omaha community and his department for working to cultivate a positive relationship that has helped curtail crime and violence.

“When you break down these issues, we’re all on the same page. We want proper policing, and we want to reduce violent crime,” he said.

The police chief said he’s particularly proud of officers who blew bubbles and passed out stickers during Omaha’s Black Lives Matter rally July 8.

After the rally, Officer Bryan Kulhanek was placed on paid administrative leave for a Facebook post that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement and for other posts the department called “potentially inappropriate.”

Schmaderer declined to comment on the social media posts because an internal investigation is pending, but he said that paid administrative leave isn’t considered a form of punishment.

Schmaderer said he’s pleased with what he sees in the Omaha Police Department compared to other cities.

“Omaha and its police-community relations are an envy of a lot of major cities right now,” Schmaderer said.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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