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Law Enforcement Deaths Up For Second Year in a Row

By Allan Lengel

Bad news for U.S. law enforcement.

For the second year in a row, law enforcement fatalities —  from shootings to traffic incidents –rose sharply nationwide during the first half of 2011. The figure included 40 officers killed by gunfire, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

The fund reported that 98 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the first six months of this year, a 14 percent increase over the 86 officers who died last year during the same period.

The report did show that the number of officers ,killed in traffic-related accidents — a total of  35– declined by 17 percent over 2010 during the six month period.

A breakdown of the 98 officers killed the first six months of this year were as follows: 40 officers were shot to death; 21 died in automobile crashes; 16 succumbed to job-related illnesses; seven were struck by automobiles while outside of their own vehicles; five were killed in motorcycle crashes; two were struck by a train; one officer died in an aircraft crash; one was beaten to death; one was electrocuted; one died in a fall; one was killed in a bomb blast; one was crushed to death; and one was strangled.

“The economy has forced reductions in training, safety equipment and personnel at law enforcement agencies across America,” stated NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd. “These budget cuts have put our officers at greater risk, especially as they face a more brazen, cold-blooded criminal element and a continuing terrorist threat,” he added.

Law Enforcement Deaths Spike in 2010

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement fatalities — which included the recent murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona — jumped 40 percent in 2010 compared to last year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The spike, from 160 deaths in 2010 compared to 117 the year before,  came after a two-year decline.

Traffic fatalities, as in the past, continued to be the leading cause of officer deaths, with 73 officers killed in the line of duty. That figure represented a 43 percent increase over last year, according to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

Fifty-nine officers were fatally shot this year, up 20 percent from the 49 in 2009. Of the 59, 12 were shot in ambush attacks.

Earlier this month, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed along the Arizona-Mexico border by suspected bandits. A group of people have been arrested in the case.

“A more brazen, cold-blooded criminal element is on the prowl in America, and they don’t think twice about killing a cop,” said NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd.

Report Says Law Enforcement Deaths Up 20% in 2009

By Allan Lengel

FBI Agent Paul Sorce died in March 2009

FBI Agent Paul Sorce died in March 2009

WASHINGTON — In the line of duty deaths for law enforcement officers jumped 20 percent in the first half of 2009 after hitting a 50-year low during the same period a year ago, according to a report released Sunday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

Specifically, 66 law enforcement officers died between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2009, compared to 55 during the same period last year. All were men. Among those who died on duty was Detroit FBI agent Paul Sorce. He was killed in a car crash in March.

Even with this year’s upswing, the law enforcement organization said the 2009 figures still represented the second lowest total since 1965.

“While it is encouraging that officer fatalities remain comparatively low, the 2009 figures do present some cause for concern,” said NLEOMF chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd in a press release.

“Officers continue to face serious threats from armed offenders who don’t think twice about opening fire on law enforcement. That was tragically illustrated by the horrific multiple-death incidents this year in Oakland, Pittsburgh and Okaloosa County, Florida,” he said.

“Those dangers, coupled with the fact that far too many law enforcement officers are dying on our roadways in traffic-related incidents, many of which involve drunk drivers, show that we still have a long way to go in ensuring that our officers can do their jobs as safely and effectively as possible.”

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