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New Haven police modify patrols in wake of Dallas shooting

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Police in New Haven are changing their patrols in wake of Dallas shooting. (WFSB file photo) Police in New Haven are changing their patrols in wake of Dallas shooting. (WFSB file photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB/AP) -

New Haven's police department has modified its patrols of the city in the wake of the shootings of police officers in Dallas.

Officer David Hartman, the department's spokesman, says officers who often patrol alone in a cruiser will be paired up.

He says the department also is implementing other changes to make patrol patterns less predictable.

Hartman says the department's command staff has addressed each of the patrol and detective roll-calls to go over the modifications.

He says the department is heartbroken by the Dallas shootings.

"It is unlikely anyone here knew any of the murdered and injured officers but we can’t help but feel that lives precious to so many are over. The how and why, and the anguish surrounding this tragedy are really secondary, and no one is under any obligation to make sense of a senseless death. There are those of us who will pray, who will search for answers and do what we think is proper to deal with our heavy hearts. We are filled with grief for such promising lives cut short, for families ruined," Hartman said in a statement on Friday. 

But, Hartman also says police officers have come to expect tragedy because they see it daily in their communities and, 'None of us can say we'd never predict such events could happen.'"

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