The director of the FBI has renewed debate in this country about race and police work.

On Friday, James Comey said increased scrutiny and viral videos have led to officers becoming less aggressive and that could be a reason for a rise in violent crimes across the country.

By Monday, he softened his tone. He says, slogans like “Black Lives Matter” and “Police Lives Matter” have a risk of further dividing police and the community they serve.

“Although I worry, as I said earlier that competing hashtags risk driving our lines apart, I believe they offer an opportunity to see each other more clearly. I believe law enforcement can actually use #blacklives matter to see the world through the eyes of people who are not in our line of work and see how they might perceive us. I believe that those members of the black community can use #policelivesmatter to see the world through law enforcement eyes and see the heart of law enforcement,” he said.

8 News NOW questioned Metro, Henderson and North Las Vegas police, the police union and a civil rights lawyer to see if the FBI director’s comments hold up locally.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says homicides are actually down 2.8 percent compared to last year.

“As far as our agency is concerned, I don’t see any evidence of de-policing. Our officers are still out there doing their job every day professionally. When people call the police, they still come,” said Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo, Las Vegas Metropolitian Police Department.

Civil rights lawyer, former ACLU general council, and member of Metro’s Multi-Cultural Advisement Committee Allen Lichtenstein rejects the statement saying scrutiny is a good thing.

“Police are afraid to do what? They are afraid to do their jobs or are they afraid to do more than their jobs allow? Which is sort of the implication,” he said.

Las Vegas Police Protective Association Executive Director Mark Chaparian says the FBI director’s statements on Friday hit the mark.

He says, police have to make split-second life and death decisions and are only human and the increased scrutiny and defiance his officers have met in recent years have taken a toll.

“To be out there every day risking your life, you expect the people to have some understanding that you aren’t going to be a robot, and you aren’t going to be perfect. You will come to work and give it your best effort, every day and you’re going to be giving the benefit of the doubt and I think that is what officers today are looking for is to give them the benefit of the doubt,” Chaparian said.

He says, he does not believe officers have become afraid to do their jobs, but rather people have become more likely to argue with officers and that has led to more conflicts.

Metro believes relations between police and the community are stronger than in the past.

“The steps we’ve taken over the last few years, especially our ccollaborative approach, restructuring our use of force policy, our officer involved shootings and the scrutiny that we place on them,” Fasulo said.

8 News NOW asked the local police departments if their officers have been affected by the so-called Ferguson effect that the FBI director addressed.

Metro officials say, there is no statistical evidence of that being the case in their jurisdiction. The other departments said they needed more time to answer that question.