According to statistics kept by the FBI the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty is up 38% over 2009. 160 Officers were killed in 2010 as apposed to 117 in 2009.
During this same time period violent crime rates went down.
59 law enforcement officers were killed in shootouts during 2010.
The reason for the increase in officer deaths is theorized to be due to three factors:
1. Decreases in budgets have resulted in less officers trying to do more
2. An increasing violent number of criminals who are not afraid to kill law enforcement officers rather than go to jail
3. A sharp increase in distracted drivers making traffic enforcement more dangerous
Think about number 3 next time when you are driving down the road talking on the cell phone or texting.
During the coming New Year let's not forget these men and women who gave their lives keeping us safe and the families they left behind.
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