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South Florida Law Enforcement Community Reacts to Killing of Baton Rouge Officers

In the wake of another tragic shooting involving law enforcement officers this weekend in Baton Rouge, LA, the South Florida police community is reacting with sadness and concern.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, at a press conference Sunday, says the recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge will cause the department to reevaluate some procedures to ensure the safety of officers.

"I tell them to expect the unexpected, go to work different ways, (and) approach calls in different ways," Israel said.

Miami Beach Police sent a tweet of condolence for the three officers who were killed:

Miami-Dade Police Department director Juan Perez, speaking at a law enforcement appreciation event, believes the way police are looked at by some needs to change.

"We have to fight together,” Perez said. “We have to get out of the message we get into sometimes as a nation with the perceptions of law enforcement"

Others worry that the recent shootings may keep people from considering a career in law enforcement.

“I think it's going to be tougher for us to hire more police officers and to keep police officers,” Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association president John Rivera said. “I think there will be a lot of officers retiring and saying enough is enough."

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