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FBI: About 50 Law Enforcement Officials Killed in Line of Duty in 2012

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Nearly 50 law enforcement officials were killed in the line of duty in 2012, according to preliminary records from the FBI.

The good news: The 47 killed is 25 fewer than 2011.

“Each of these losses reminds us that our safety and freedom come at great cost,” Director Mueller said in a May 13 video message to law enforcement colleagues. “We must continue to do everything in our power to reduce the threats to our officers, deputies, and agents and to keep our colleagues safe from harm.”

Of those killed, eight died during traffic stops; another five were killed in ambushes; and the others died while investigating suspicious activity, according to the FBI.

FBI Report Says 41 Law Enforcement Officers “Feloniously Killed” in 2008 inclduing Pitts. FBI Agent

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — A Pittsburgh FBI agent was among 41 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2008 during arrests, tactical situations, surveillance, ambushes or domestic violence, according to an FBI report released Monday.

The number of deaths marked a significant decline from 2007 when 58 officers were killed in what the FBI terms “feloniously killed”. Of those killed in 2008, 37 were men and four were women.

Among those killed was Sam Hicks, an FBI agent in the Pittsburgh field office, who was serving an arrest warrant in Indiana Township, Pa.  on Nov. 19, 2008. The FBI says a woman in the house who was under the influence of drugs fired a single shot and struck Hicks in the chest just above his bullet proof vest.

Here’s some details as listed in an FBI press release:

*Line-of-duty deaths occurred in 19 states;
*The average age of officers feloniously killed was 39 years; the average length of service was 10 years;
*35 were killed with firearms; 29 of them, including Special Agent Hicks, were wearing body armor when they were fatally shot;
*The average age of the alleged offenders was 32;

*36 of the 42 alleged offenders had prior criminal arrests.

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Law Enforcement Deaths Could Hit 5-Decade Low

nleomf photo

nleomf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
DENVER — The number of in the line of duty federal and local law enforcement fatalities could hit a five decade low this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The fund said law enforcement deaths, which increased in the first half of 2009, declined sharply in the third quarter, dropping from 43 in 2008 to 26.

To sum it up: As of Oct. 2, there were 92 officer fatalities this year compared to 99 in 2008.  In all, in 2008, 133 law enforcement agents and officers died in the line of duty, the lowest figure since 1960, the fund said.

The stats were released this week here in Denver at the National Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.

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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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