FLEOA issued a statement Sunday in response to ambush attacks on Milwaukee and Baton Rouge police officers.
Nathan R. Catura, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, states, "FLEOA is appalled by two more ambush attacks on law enforcement. Today's depraved ambush attacks on a Milwaukee Police Officer followed by attacks on multiple Baton Rouge Police Officers were unconscionable. We offer our prayers to the men and women of these departments, their families and friends. We offer the full support of our members in the investigation and apprehension of the perpetrators of this far to frequent heinous crime."
Catura calls upon President Obama to activate Joint Operational Command Centers in major cities where the protection of police officers is becoming extremely challenging. Catura said that in times of crisis, the combined resources of local, state, and federal entities brings a multitude of solutions to the table. For example, the combined response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrated how the vast resources of the federal government, when leveraged with local resources, can assist in a crisis.
Catura stated, "Our brothers and sisters in law enforcement deserve the protection provided by a large scale unified response from Washington." He continued that the components of the command center would be predictive analysis using data matching and intelligence, followed by expanded investigative resources and specialized response teams. Lastly, he said, "It is not fair to continue using routine patrol tactics when ambushes on police officers are occurring so frequently."
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 agencies.