KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – In light of the recent shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) is asking all Tennessee law enforcement officers to shroud their badges for one week, beginning July 17.
This is in support of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department.
TACP issued a release Sunday stating, “We send our sincere condolences to the departments and to the families and friends of those affected by these senseless acts.”
The release also said that they are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths that occurred in Baton Rouge, and the police chiefs across the state are committed to working together with all of law enforcement and in their communities to provide safe environments for all citizens statewide.
TACP asked citizens to report any suspicious activity to their local law enforcement agency. They also requested patience from citizens as law enforcement agencies and the community work together to protect officers in the line of duty.
This is a trying and difficult time for law enforcement across our country. The TACP can assure you that the Tennessee Law Enforcement community will continue to place themselves at risk to keep their communities safe and do all we can to protect our officers.Our law enforcement profession and Tennesseans are deeply affected by these horrific events. We encourage our police chiefs to continue to strive for open dialogue, provide avenues of communication, and build trust within the communities they serve. The members of the TACP are committed to public service and will continue to work hard to keep our communities and officers safe.”