NYPD officers have been banned from solo foot patrols and instructed to work in pairs following a mass shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sunday that left three police officers dead and three more officers wounded. In a citywide message circulated Monday, officers were directed to "maintain a heightened level of awareness," required to arrive and remain on post together, and even take meals and personal breaks with at least one other coworker.

"We are in perilous times—the country and the police profession," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in an interview with CBS Evening News. Bratton described the nation's police as being caught in "uncharted waters" amidst crime, threats of terrorism, and assassination attempts against officers. Admitting to a lack of public lack of trust in American policing, "particularly [in] minority communities," the Commissioner did not specify what sort of new precautions the NYPD would take following the violence in Baton Rouge, but claimed that new training and smartphone use had made it easier for officers to identify credible threats.

Bratton also acknowledged the need for redoubling police community outreach work. "[W]e need to find ways to see each other, to hear each other, to find common ground that we can stand on and have dialogue and not assassinations, not murders, not violence."

ABC reports that today NYPD brass also ordered officers to immediately report "any unusual conditions, especially the congregation of large groups." All Auxillary police patrols have been suspended until further notice. A similar order for officers to work in pairs was given in the hours after the deadly Dallas sniper shootings earlier this month. The NYPD has not specified whether this order was still in effect, or had recently lapsed.

Gavin Long, the lone gunman responsible for the deadly Baton Rouge shootings, was killed in a firefight Sunday afternoon. Long, like Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson, had served in the U.S. military, and posted a video online demanding that recent high-profile killings of black men by law enforcement officers be met not with peaceful protest but deadly violence.