SANTA ANA – The Orange County sheriff’s union requested today that each deputy driving a patrol car be paired with a partner for the duration of the massive manhunt for an allegedly revenge-bent former cop suspected in two murders in Irvine and the ambush killing of a Riverside police officer.
Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, sent a letter to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens requesting two deputies per patrol unit during the duration of the dragnet for Christopher Jordan Dorner.
“Dorner is a highly trained marksman who has already demonstrated his propensity for killing innocent people,” Dominguez wrote. “He has made it clear law enforcement officers and their families are fair game.”
Noting a statewide officer safety alert, Dominguez added, “We must do everything we can to keep our deputies safe as they assist in this critical operation to find Dorner before any more innocent lives are lost.”
Dominguez said many other law enforcement agencies have switched to two- deputy patrols.
“The safety of our deputies must remain a priority as they engage in this extraordinarily dangerous endeavor,” he wrote.
Orange County sheriff’s officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.