Many Connecticut officers said they are staying vigilant after recent attacks on law enforcement across the country.
Eyewitness News followed a Hartford officer to see how his daily duties are changing during these tense times.
Just starting his shift, Hartford Police Officer Chris White told Eyewitness News how Monday was a little different than most days.
“You have to be smart and do things differently," White said.
Flags were flying at half-staff at Hartford Police Department in honor of those who lost their lives over the weekend and less than two weeks ago.
“You do have to reassess. The potential for that happening is a lot greater. And that's just a reality," White said.
Hartford police went over safety procedures and paired up officers around the city. People will see two officers in a cruiser at least for a while.
“Just to stay mindful of what's against us. What might happen," White said.
The latest attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday took the lives of three police officers. It comes less than two week after the ambush in Dallas where five officers were killed during a Black Lives Matter Protest.
For many of these men and women in uniform, the violence is in the back on their minds.
“That harsh reality of someone walking up to this car as I'm sitting in here, to shoot me, yeah, it's evokes some emotions," White said.
But, those emotions aren't keeping White or his colleagues from doing what they do every day.
“I think it's important for us not to allow this to change the way we do business. We are the business of serving others," White said.
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