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In wake of recent officers killed in the line of duty, Action News Now reporter Christina Vitale spoke with the Chico Police Department about their precautions when going out on calls.

Posted: Jan. 11, 2019 4:45 PM

CHICO, Calif. - In wake of recent officers killed in the line of duty, Action News Now reporter Christina Vitale spoke with the Chico Police Department about their precautions when going out on calls.

Chico Police Chief O'Brien said the department always has conversations about officer safety. He said from the first day in the academy to the last day of an officer's career, they're mindful of these dangerous possibilities.

"You can't prevent every tragedy, unfortunately," O'Brien said. "We respond to hundreds if not thousands of traffic accidents every year, every officer in their career does that without any issue, and why this one that happened to be that one that took her life, I have no idea." 

O'Brien said officers go through extensive training to try and prevent these happenings. They are routinely thinking about how they position themselves, how they contact people and analyzing body language. 

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