INTERVIEW: Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel reacts to Dallas shootings
Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel visited WDRB Friday afternoon to provide his insight into the shootings in Dallas. He spoke with WDRB's Elizabeth Woolsey and David Scott.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel visited WDRB Friday afternoon to provide his insight into the shootings in Dallas. He spoke with WDRB's Elizabeth Woolsey and David Scott. Here is what he had to say.
ELIZABETH WOOLSEY: Thank you for coming in today.
JAMEY NOEL: Thank you. Thanks for having me.
ELIZABETH WOOLSEY: So how do you all deal with this as a department? It started when everyone came in this morning, right?
JAMEY NOEL: Absolutely. So the email went out bright and early: Be safe today, be vigilant in what we're doing, reminding people of what's going on. Of course, our hearts and prayers and thoughts are out to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and local agencies there, and the citizens through Dallas are going through a tough time.
ELIZABETH WOOLSEY: How is morale within your department? How are the officers feeling? Law enforcement is like a family.
JAMEY NOEL: It absolutely is a family. We're one of the few professions, just because of the fact that we wear the uniform, that we become a target. That part is always scary. It's part of the job, that we know exists. And I know we've got a lot of work to do. We're always improving and doing the best that we can do also.
DAVID SCOTT: LMPD is saying that they're going to be making changes already -- pairing up officers and things like that -- and that they've had threats come in. Have you made changes, and have you had threats?
JAMEY NOEL: No. Just a reminder to be same -- be tactful -- but then also encouraging...I've got the opportunity of being able to utilize reserve officers to ride with the full-time officers, and that helps with budget constraints. But just to be vigilant.
DAVID SCOTT: LMPD has also said that it's had its recruit numbers affected by just the anti-police sentiment out there. Are you seeing that kind of thing too in your department?
JAMEY NOEL: Fortunately, for me, we have a lot of interest, but I have heard that. I've not actually seen the numbers. But it is tough. It's a tough job. Just in my 20 years in law enforcement, it's tough. It's getting tougher every day and it's obviously a dangerous profession.
DAVID SCOTT: Sheriff Jamey Noel, thanks for joining us tonight.
JAMEY NOEL: Thank you.
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