A series of recent attacks on law enforcement officers has prompted New York State Police to direct troopers to be vigilant at all times, even when they are on routine patrol.

State Police Major James Barnes, commander of Sidney-based Troop C, said there's a need for police to always be aware of what's happening around them.

The importance of "situational awareness" is higher in the aftermath of ambush attacks on officers around the country over the past couple of years.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Monday, Barnes said "we've put out the word to our people to be on a heightened level of awareness."

Barnes said law enforcement and military facilities appear to be facing greater threats based on recent activity overseas and on some social media posts.

The commander said troopers often are reminded that there are "a lot of areas for danger in law enforcement and they have to be cognizant at all times."

Barnes also said it's important for people to report potentially-suspicious activity to police so law enforcement agencies can investigate possible plans by individuals or groups to target officers or police facilities.

Barnes became Troop C commander on December 17. Troop C covers seven counties, including Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Tompkins and Otsego.

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