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In the wake of police officer shootings and deaths nationwide, Triad police agencies are taking extra precautions when responding to calls and looking out for each other.

Winston-Salem police Cpl. Sammy Langdon said no officer truly responds to a call alone within the city and the request to immediately cancel backup is not allowed.

“The tragedy that we've all witnessed as of recent just serves as a painful reminder of training that we go through every year anyway -- officer safety, situational awareness," Langdon said. “You'll always have a primary officer dispatched to a call. That's an officer who is expected to go there and handle it; however, they never go out there alone, there's always a backup officer to go out there with them."

Burlington police have discussed the possibility of working in pairs but continue to be vigilant and have the option for backup. Certain calls require multiple responses such as domestic calls and disturbance.

The same applies for High Point police.