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Some Phoenix-area officers may patrol in pairs after Dallas shootings

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PHOENIX — Some police officers in the Phoenix area will be given the option to patrol in pairs after a gunman killed five and injured seven more in Dallas.

“We want our officers to feel safe while they’re serving our community so that’s why they’re given the option of doing this at this time,” Tempe Police Department detective Tracey Kettleson said Friday.

Kettleson said officers will be given the choice to patrol solo or with a partner on Friday.

“We are not mandating that officers have to ride in two-man units, but they are given the opportunity to ride in two-man units if they choose,” she said.

Kettleson said the double-up patrols will not affect service, as the department has plenty of officers to cover the city.

The city of Phoenix is also giving its officers the same option, though some will be required to patrol in pairs.

Police Chief Joseph Yahner said two-person units are being increased more in high-crime areas.

The Dallas officers were killed or wounded when a sniper opened fire during a protest over the recent fatal shooting of African-American men by police officers.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, said he wanted to kill white people, particularly white officers.

“There has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” President Barack Obama said in an early-morning Friday address from Poland.

KTAR’s Martha Maurer and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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