A letter from the Quincy police chief
Editor’s Note: Quincy Police Chief Bob Heimbach shared with the Quincy Valley Post-Register the following email he sent to his officers in the wake of the killing of the Baton Rouge police officers.
On July 17, we learned there had been another attack on law enforcement. Tragically several officers were shot, at least three were killed in the line of duty. From news reports it appears to have been designed to lure officers in to a specific area when they were shot.
As we learn more and we go about our job of providing police service to our citizens, please be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious, but not paranoid. There is no rule that says we must put our life on the line foolishly. Remember that these attacks, while horrific, are being perpetrated by just a few. The majority of our citizens have our back.
Sadly the issues surrounding these attacks are bigger than just you or I can solve alone, but when we work with our community and every action we take or statement we make is done with dignity and respect, ethics and integrity, we will be moving in the right direction.
During the next few days talk with one another, process it together if that works for you. Talk to your family. Many spouses, children, friends and family are going to be worried. Explain how you have been trained to minimize risk. We have worked hard in our community to not be at odds with our citizens when they believe violence is the answer and acceptable.
Unfortunately we are sailing uncharted waters right now. In my 30-plus years of law enforcement I have never seen anything like this. This is different than 9/11, this is different than an officer losing their life when responding to crime and standing in the gap. This is us being targeted simply because of our career, our calling and the uniform we wear. This is different for all law enforcement across the nation.
Take care of yourself and your family, and be safe. Thank you for your dedication and hard work on behalf of the citizens of Quincy.
— Bob Heimbach, Quincy Police Chief