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Phoenix police now requiring officers to patrol in pairs, citing safety concerns

Phoenix Police
Posted at 7:36 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 22:40:37-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police say they will now start requiring officers to work as two-person units, citing safety concerns for officers and the community.

Phoenix police released the following statement Tuesday:

“In response to recent attacks on law enforcement officers and for the safety of our officers and our community, Phoenix Police Chief Williams has asked all officers to patrol as a two person unit. We want to remind our community "If You see something, say something."

The announcement comes the same day a federal officer was shot outside a downtown Phoenix courthouse. That suspect has since been arrested, and the federal officer is expected to survive.

When asked, Phoenix police would not specifically say if this new two officer policy was in direct response to today’s shooting, or if it was already in the works due to recent unrest locally and across the country.