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Archive for July 12th, 2009

Report Says Law Enforcement Deaths Up 20% in 2009

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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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Govt Scraps Plans to Build New Detroit FBI Headquarters Downtown

McNamara Building/wikipedia photo
McNamara Building

It’s too bad the new plans were scrapped. It would have been good for development in a city that is hurting. Plus, the FBI could use an upgrade on its aging offices. On the other hand, the existing building, the McNamara Building is centrally located downtown. Under these difficult times, the FBI in Detroit will have to make due.

Paul Egan
The Detroit News
DETROIT — The federal government has scrapped plans to build an FBI headquarters in downtown Detroit, a spokesman for the General Services Administration said Friday.

Instead, the government plans to find more space for the FBI at its present home inside the McNamara Building on Michigan Avenue, David Wilkinson said in a telephone interview from Chicago.

“That will be the long-term answer,” Wilkinson said.
It’s bad news for agents and support staff who were pleased in May 2007 when the GSA announced it had awarded a $100 million contract to build the FBI an eight-story office building, a four-story parking garage and a single-story automotive facility on a 10.9-acre site across from the Greyhound bus station.

In January 2008 the government announced it had canceled the contract, citing the collapse of the credit market and unforeseen site development problems. But the GSA said it was continuing to plan for a new building and look for alternative sites.

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