Police Murders Leave Local Law Enforcement and Families on Edge

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ANKENY, Iowa -- The recent murders of an Illinois and Texas police officer have left local law enforcement agencies and families uneasy.

Jo Ann Jorgensen's son has worked in law enforcement for almost 20 years but said she still worries when her son is at work.

"You never know when the phone is gonna ring or if someone is gonna knock on your door and tell you some bad news. It's constant," she said.

Her son Mark, is a Sergeant with Urbandale Police Department. In the past, she said Mark has kept secrets or delayed telling his family what went on at work. Jorgensen said the the assassinations of two police officers is a reminder of the daily challenges officers and deputies face.

"Now a days it’s a big worry. The world is going crazy," she said. "Too many parents, wives and husbands send their law enforcement loved ones out the door in the morning and they don’t return at night," she said.

Sergeant Brandon Bracelin, a spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff's Office, said we are living in tense time for law enforcement officials.

"We get into this profession to help people. Why somebody or a group of people would want to harm us is mind – boggling," he said.

The Sheriff's office is not offering additional training on how to respond to the issue but it is revisiting some of the basics.

"You want to remind them to stay in a state of hyper – vigilance, be aware of your surroundings and what’s going on just in case something like this could happen," said Bracelin.

Bracelin said only a small percentage of the Polk County's population has issues with law enforcement. However, overall he said it is in good standing with the community. On Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office received several calls of support.