Thursday, July 21, 2011

Shaping Up To Be A Tough Year For Line Of Duty Deaths

USA Today has a story on a report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund where they warn that the line of duty death statistics for the first six months of this year are not looking good.

Johnson says a midyear report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which closely tracks law enforcement fatalities, finds that overall officer deaths are up 14% in 2011, while deadly shootings have increased by 33%.

If fatal shootings continue at the current rate, gunfire-related deaths would represent the primary cause of officer fatalities this year. For the past 13 years, traffic accidents have accounted for the largest number of officer deaths.

Let's hope this trend changes and quickly.

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