LAPD Orders Officers to Ride in Pairs During “Blue Alert”

After warnings out of Baltimore that gangs are targeting police officers, officials said the move was "out of an abundance of caution."

LAPD officers will be riding in pairs for safety out of "an abundance of caution" after news out of Baltimore that street gangs may be targeting police.

Baltimore police announced they had received a “credible threat” that three violent gangs, the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips, were teaming up to “take out” law enforcement officers.

The Baltimore Police Department has advised other law enforcement agencies to take precautions to secure the safety of their officers, in a written statement.

The order comes amid protests and violence surrounding the in-custody death of Freddie Gray April 19.

Baltimore police and protesters clashed Monday, with at least seven officers injured.

Los Angeles Police Department officials said the so-called “blue alert” will remain in effect citywide until they can get more information on the source and scope of the threat.

It is not clear how many, if any, other metropolitan police agencies had issued similar orders across the country.

In San Diego, agencies aren't changing their operations with a "blue alert," as there haven't been any specific threats here.

A spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department did say the department offers its condolences and thoughts to the Baltimore Police Department.

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