The flags outside the Regina police station and the one in Saskatoon are flying at half-mast today as both detachments remember the victims of last night’s shooting in Dallas.
The Regina Police Service has issued a statement from assistant chief Corey Zaharuk. That statement is as follows:
This is a very tragic event…as is any violence that takes lives and causes injuries. These acts change people’s lives forever. We are shocked and saddened by this event, and extend our deepest sympathy to all involved.
In terms of what it may mean to our police service…we don’t know enough about the events in Dallas to try and analyze from a distance and offer comment. We will stay connected to this event as observers, and our hearts go out to our neighbours to the south. We will seek to learn in the coming days what the local or national implications for policing might be.
We are certain it does have an emotional impact on our people who work daily in law enforcement, and their families. We will pay attention to ensure they remain healthy and well.
We obviously watch and follow events like this very closely as we are in the business of being vigilant to any expression of violence or acts of violence in our community, whatever the motivation may be.
Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill is the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He says:
“This is a tragedy felt by every member of law enforcement, not just in the United States but north of the border as well. This incident shows the dangers faced by police officers in the course of their duties. Sadly, the same can be said in Canada. This week marked the 10th anniversary of the deaths of RCMP Constables Robin Cameron and Marc Bourdages, who were gunned down while on duty near Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. We honour their names just as we will honour the names of the victims of the shooting in Dallas, Texas.”
Five officers were killed in the deadliest day for law enforcement in the U-S since 9/11.