Before, during and after heightened tension at DPD headquarters, hundreds of people paid respect at the growing makeshift memorial outside.
"That thin blue line gets thinner every time something like this happens," said visitor Blake Shocker. "Everybody needs to stop and look at where we're at."
Balloons, cards and candles were overflowing in front of Dallas Police Headquarters. There were so many items placed on the police car, you could barely make it out.
Mayor Rawlings and his wife also stopped by Saturday afternoon to simply sit and pray with the people outside.
The love shown at the memorial was felt by Dallas police officers, giving the city of Dallas the support to keep pushing on.
"The community is propping us up right now, giving us hope, giving us a means to look forward as we continue to serve the city," said Deputy Chief Malik Aziz. "Because the city doesn't sleep, the heart keeps beating and we keep working."
Throughout Saturday's scare, police did not clear this area. The reported threat was on the other side of the building at the parking garage.