Burbank’s Chief of Police, Scott LaChasse, along with his Command Staff, sent out the following email to all members of his department today.
The Burbank Police Department mourns the Dallas Police Department’s tragic losses last night, and has communicated our thoughts and prayers to them and the community they protect and serve.
This event has significant implications for our profession. As a result, we are in the process of evaluating our policies, procedures, and practices as they relate to officer safety. The evaluation includes, but is not limited to, weapons systems, protective equipment, call-taking protocols, training, the collection and distribution of intelligence, and our deployment protocols. Consequently, effective today, I am authorizing that all of our shotguns’ primary load to be slug rounds; that is, five slug rounds in the weapon and four buckshot rounds on the side saddle. It is important that you know that your feedback from recent events is something we prioritize to ensure that you are mission ready during your daily deployments.
Please be assured that our community is solidly supportive of this Department and our mission. This is underscored by the receipt of scores of communications supporting our delivery of police service and your untiring work to protect the community of Burbank. The communications we have received collectively expressed concern for your personal safety.
Here is an example of an email received today:
“Just a note 2 thank the Burbank Police Dept., 4 all their efforts in keeping and enforcing rules in this town that continue 2 keep it safe regardless what is going on in the world. They do not get enough credit 4 what they do. We all need 2 support our local Police Dept., as well as every other Police Dept., in the U.S. We wouldn’t continue 2 b the great nation that we r without them. Thank u again.”
Be safe, stay safe, and be assured that you are our primary concern and that you have the public’s support. And please keep the community of Dallas and their victims and families in your thoughts and prayers.
Chief Scott LaChasse
Deputy Chief Mike Albanese
Captain Ron Caruso
Captain Denis Cremins
Captain Armen Dermenjian
Police Administrator Josephine Wilson