Montgomery County Sheriff speaks out following shootings

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is increasing safety measures following attacks on police officers across the country.

In the past week, five officers were shot and killed in Dallas. Three in Baton Rouge and Tuesday afternoon, another officer in Kansas City.

Sheriff Phil Plummer says it’s something that can happen anywhere and he’s doing his best to prevent it from happening in the Miami Valley.

“Our intelligence center is up and running. We’re monitoring Facebook accounts. We’re seeing threats from certain individuals that want to do harm to police officers in our community,” said Plummer.

Plummer believes locally, community He hopes to hire more staff and buy new riot gear as a precaution. He’s worried about copycats attacking law enforcement locally.

“If you think that’s a way of evening the scores of killing police officers, you’re wrong and we’re not going to tolerate it,” said Plummer.

Monday,  a woman called 911 and when officers responded, she threatened to shoot them. No one was hurt, but Plummer says it’s concerning.

“It can happen anywhere. You call 911, we’re going to show up at your house. We’re very easy targets. We could be ambushed any time of the day,” said Plummer.

Plummer believes it’s an issue that we as a community will have to fix together. He’s hoping a solution is found soon.

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