Line of Fire: Students and teachers react to police ambush

After the Police ambush in Iowa Wednesday morning, Newschannel 6 asked the question of what those training for careers in law enforcement think about the danger.

What we found out is that the danger is something recruits sign up for when studying and eventually training for careers in law enforcement.
It is something students and staff at Midwestern State University said happens too often. 

"It seems like there is a lack of respect and trust of the police officers," said Michael Alpers, a police officer of 17 years and an instructor at MSU.   "It seems to be getting worse and worse."

Alpers trains criminal justice students for careers in law enforcement.

"It makes you scared for what is to come for police officers," said Alpers.

Kevin Castro is a student studying to become a police officer and has hopes to someday to be in a bigger city like Houston.

"People say cops are the bad guys and I understand that there are some bad cops but there are also some good cops," said Castro.

He said he knows what the job entails.

"You have cops that risk their lives every single day just to come to work," said Castro.  "You know there is always that chance, but I think there really is in general too."

Alpers said that today, officers are more of a target than they used to be.

"Today you have to be paying attention all the time," said Alpers.  "You never know what could happen."

Castro said Wednesday's events do not influence his decision on becoming a police officer.

"It doesn't really scare me," said Castro.   "It kind of gives me the motivation to want to make a change for both police officers and for the people."

At least 51 officers have been shot and killed to death so far this year according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial fund.

Texas leads the country with 17 officers killed in 2016.  Almost a third of those happened when officers were attacked in Dallas.