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Some police departments use buddy system for safety

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The tragic events in Iowa on Wednesday were just one of many officer involved shootings this year.

It put local law enforcement on high alert. One tool they use to stay safe is the buddy system.

When Michigan State Police head out in their patrol every day they have to worry about their own safety.

"Cause when you put this uniform on you never know if you'll be going home at night every day," Trooper Zachary Tebedo said.

He said that's a thought he has to come to terms with every day. Tebedo knows he chose a dangerous job, but he knows his partner Trooper Clint Korpalski has his back.

"Working the midnight shift here at the post, we double up. Have a partner with us all the time in the car," Korpalski said.

The two-person teams not only help keep each other safe, but also allows them to handle a heavier work load.

However, not every police department uses the buddy system. In fact, staffing restrictions for MSP means troopers go out on their own during the day. The troopers said sometimes it's just not enough.

"I made a traffic stop in Buena Vista. One of the passengers exited the vehicle and took off running and typically when people run, they run for a reason. And because he took off and I didn't have a partner I just had to stay with the vehicle," Tebedo said.

He also said it's a different world lately with police shootings in the news almost every week. For him, he said it puts him a little at ease knowing his partnet is right by his side.

"With all the incidents that have happened all over the U.S. and world, people have snuck up on police officers and shot them in their cars. It's something you can be alert and aware of while your partner is dealing with all the paperwork," Tebedo said.

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