AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Two police officers were killed in the line of duty in Charleston, SC Monday night, and officers here in the CSRA are reacting to the tragic incident.
Sgt. Shane McDaniel with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said it's never easy when one of their own has been killed.
"It hits home, I mean, it's losing a member of the family. Just about any law enforcement agency throughout the United States is going to take that very seriously," he said.
In fact, here in the CSRA, three officers were killed in the line of duty in the span of just five months back in late 2011 and early 2012. One officer was in Richmond County, and two were in Aiken County.
"We're here locally, this is the CSRA area. We work very well with Aiken County, North Augusta Public Safety, the city of Aiken, Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Columbia County. Even though we're kind of widespread, we're a tight knit family so we take situations like that very seriously," McDaniel said.
Whenever deputies are killed or injured in the line of duty, McDaniel said this translates straight into their training.
"We plan for the future. Not that we want something like this to happen, but if it something does happen, we want to be prepared in how to react to it," said McDaniel.
This includes training for everything from school shootings to bomb threats, and the new military grade equipment is another tool to help keep officers and the public safe.
"It is very comforting to know that it's there in case we are faced with a situation that we would have to use something," McDaniel said.
And although it's never easy to deal with the loss of someone in the work family, the officers know that this is something they must deal with, and use as fuel to keep protecting and serving.
"We mourn, we embrace, but then after that, it's on to training, and asking ourselves 'How do we keep this from happening again?' " McDaniel said.
Sergeant McDaniel said the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking into getting body cameras for officers, a tool they've used in trial phases but want to make a permanent addition to the standard uniform.