By Sadie Hunter
In the aftermath of the July 7 shooting and the deaths of five Dallas police officers, cities all over the world are reacting to the highly politicized and reported issues surrounding it.
In Noblesville, the city and local law enforcement say its wearing heavy.
A statement released July 8 from the Noblesville Police Dept. reads:
“Our hearts are extremely heavy, not just for the Dallas area, but for our country. We are very fortunate to work for a community that we have a great relationship with and where there’s little violence. We ask that you keep our country in your prayers through this difficult time. We pray for peace.”
Two days later, NPD released a follow-up statement citing the support they’ve received from the community. It reads:
“Over the past weekend we have received an outpouring of support from our community. We have had countless deliveries of baked goods, pizza, coffee, donuts (yes, we do love those, too!), and many amazing letters from families thanking us for our service. While at the Street Dance (July 9) you may have seen many officers out there. Those officers didn’t go more than five minutes at a time without someone coming up to them and expressing their gratitude towards the officers … With all that is going on in our nation, all of this combined has really touched us and is frankly overwhelming … Words cannot express our gratitude for everyone that has reached out. We continue to strive closer to our mission as a department to create these community partnerships so our trust with each other continues to grow.”
Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear echoed the NPD sentiment in a statement released July 11, which read:
“I would like to thank the members of our Noblesville Police Department and Noblesville Fire Department for their service protecting our citizens and visitors – especially in light of the horrific incident that took place in Dallas, Texas. It’s thanks to the efforts of our police officers and firefighters that ensure we’re a safe and welcoming community for all … Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of the brave police officers who were killed or injured in the line of duty in Dallas. Please join me in thanking our valiant men and women who put their lives at risk in the service of our city each and every day.”