State College police take precautions, double up on certain assignments

The State College Police Department increased efforts to protect police officers in light of a Department of Homeland Security bulletin on the likelihood of attacks on uniformed police officer.

The bulletin, Lt. Chris Fishel said, was put out in the late summer.

“Sometimes, we’ll double up assignments,” Fishel said. “Before some people would wear their uniform to and from work, but that’s something not typically done anymore.”

He declined to say what assignments State College police double up for.

The department’s police officers wore a black and blue band across their badges Tuesday to mourn the killings of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, two New York Police Department officers who were shot in their patrol car Saturday.

Fishel said the attacks cannot have an impact on the department’s presense in the community.

“You have no impact if you hide,” he said. “I realize that can happen at any time, but it could have happened at any time prior to that, too.”

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David McGarvey, Troop G’s public information officer, said the troop is not taking any specific measures following the shootings in New York and the Eric Frein ambush Sept 12, in which Frein allegedly shot Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injured Trooper Alex Douglass.

Trooper Adam Reed, the public information officer in Harrisburg, said he is not aware of any social media threats toward local and state police.