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Liberty1
12-28-2009, 1:50 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091228/ap_on_go_ot/us_police_fatalities

Fewer law enforcement officers died on job in 2009

By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 15 mins ago

WASHINGTON Law enforcement deaths this year dropped to their lowest level since 1959, while the decade of the 2000s was among the safest for officers despite the deadliest single day for police on Sept. 11, 2001.

The drop in deaths, cited in a police group's report Monday, was tempered by an increase in firearm deaths. In one horrific November shooting, four officers were executed as they discussed their upcoming shift in a Lakewood, Wash., coffee shop.

Through Dec. 27, the report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found:

_124 officers were killed this year, compared to 133 in 2008. The 2009 total represents the fewest line-of-duty deaths since 108 a half-century ago.

_Traffic fatalities fell to 56, compared to 71 a year ago. The report said the decline was partly attributed to "move over" state laws, which require motorists to change lanes to give officers clearance on the side of a road.

_Firearms deaths rose to 48, nine more than in 2008. However, the 39 fatalities in 2008 represented the lowest annual figure in more than five decades.

_Thirty-five states and Puerto Rico had officer fatalities in 2009, with Texas the only state in double figures. Texas had 11 fatalities, followed by Florida, 9; California, 8; and North Carolina and Pennsylvania, 7.

_Six federal officers died in 2009, including three Drug Enforcement Administration special agents killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan while conducting counter-narcotics operations.

_One female officer was killed in 2009, compared with 13 the previous year. There was no explanation for the decline.

_An average of 162 officers a year died in the 2000s, compared with 160 in the 1990s, 190 in the 1980s and 228 in the 1970s the deadliest decade for U.S. law enforcement. Seventy-two officers died on Sept. 11.

"To reach a 50-year low in officer deaths is a real credit to the law enforcement profession and its commitment to providing the best possible training and equipment to our officers," said the Memorial Fund chairman and chief executive officer, Craig Floyd.

"But we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into a state of complacency. There are nearly 60,000 criminal assaults against our law officers every year in this country, resulting in more than 15,000 injuries. And, over the past decade, more than 1,600 officers have been killed in the line of duty."

Fifteen deaths occurred in five incidents during the year, showing the potential danger in domestic disturbances, traffic stops and serving arrest warrants.

In March, four Oakland, Calif., officers were killed after a traffic stop and subsequent barricade incident.

Three Pittsburgh officers, responding to a domestic disturbance, were ambushed in April by a heavily armed gunman wearing a bullet-resistant vest.

That same month, two Okaloosa County, Fla., sheriff's deputies were gunned down while trying to arrest a domestic violence suspect.

In July, two Seminole County, Okla., sheriff's deputies were shot and killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant.

Domestic disturbance calls were particularly dangerous for officers in 2009, resulting in 11 deaths, while unprovoked ambushes led to the deaths of six officers.

The report was issued in conjunction with a second police group, Concerns of Police Survivors.

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On the Net:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: http://www.lawmemorial.org/researchbulletin

Liberty1
12-28-2009, 1:56 PM
And I should note that 8 recent peace officer deaths in two separate events, 4 in Oakland Ca and 4 in Lakewood Wa, were committed by felons in possession; two individuals who should have still been locked up:mad:.

elSquid
12-28-2009, 2:49 PM
Fewer law enforcement officers died on job in 2009

Good stuff! :thumbsup:

-- Michael

vantec08
12-28-2009, 2:56 PM
We are all grateful for this drop . .. . God bless em. How long till the antis start taking credit?

CitaDeL
12-28-2009, 2:58 PM
And I should note that 8 recent peace officer deaths in two separate events, 4 in Oakland Ca and 4 in Lakewood Wa, were committed by felons in possession; two individuals who should have still been locked up:mad:.

Or dead...

fullrearview
12-28-2009, 3:17 PM
And I should note that 8 recent peace officer deaths in two separate events, 4 in Oakland Ca and 4 in Lakewood Wa, were committed by felons in possession; two individuals who should have still been locked up:mad:.

Exactly. Get rid of the social justice crap and those would drop even lower

bwiese
12-28-2009, 3:23 PM
And I should note sthat 8 recent peace officer deaths in two separate event, 4 in Oakland Ca and 4 in Lakewood Wa, were committed by felons in possession; two individuals who should have still been locked up:mad:.

I've been informed several of the slain officers in Oakland were quiet brother Calgunners and NRA members. One or two apparently owned OLL rifles.

(Despite this, we do not need to push their families to make any statements, contact/aggravate them, etc. They have enough on their hands.)

pullnshoot25
12-28-2009, 3:43 PM
I've been informed several of the slain officers in Oakland were quiet brother Calgunners and NRA members. One or two apparently owned OLL rifles.

(Despite this, we do not need to push their families to make any statements, contact/aggravate them, etc. They have enough on their hands.)

Damn.

Maestro Pistolero
12-28-2009, 3:46 PM
I've been informed several of the slain officers in Oakland were quiet brother Calgunners and NRA members. One or two apparently owned OLL rifles.

(Despite this, we do not need to push their families to make any statements, contact/aggravate them, etc. They have enough on their hands.)

Understood. And very interesting. Still, if true, (and I'm sure it is) then this fact will help make a powerful argument against those who would capitalize on the Oakland tragedy to advance an anti-gun, especially anti AW campaign. BTW, didn't the gunman use a 38 revolver?

Without indulging in any delusions of grandeur, or heroic fantasies, I know that if there were but one licensed CCW'r present, such as myself, in that coffee shop, that the Oakland incident may well have had a different outcome. The perpetrator wasn't targeting non-LE, and would likely never have seen it coming.

I have trained with veteran SWAT officers, and they will tell you that I am at least as qualified to intervene as any of their brothers. Not that I'm special in any way, just that trained, licensed civilians can be a natural ally to LE, even when they don't know we are there.

I would have to see a situation get REALLY bad, and clearly out of control before I would even offer help, because there is probably nothing worse to a cop in trouble than to be either interfered with, or to have one more unknown person to worry about. But, since I am CCW 100% of the time, I get a nice feeling when in public when I know I've got an officer's back, even when he/she doesn't realize it.

IrishPirate
12-28-2009, 3:47 PM
And I should note that 8 recent peace officer deaths in two separate events, 4 in Oakland Ca and 4 in Lakewood Wa, were committed by felons in possession; two individuals who should have still been locked up:mad:.

all i can say is ^this^, and it's sad that so many officers died. I don't care what the reasons were, they shouldn't have died.

BigDogatPlay
12-28-2009, 3:55 PM
One LEO death is too many, but they are bound to happen. Just like firefighters, ocean fishermen and any number of other potentially hazardous occupations. I know that I went to enough funerals in my career and I wish for my brothers and sisters out there every day to stay safe.

For whatever it's worth, there are still more LEOs dying annually where an automobile was the instrumentality (either in crashes or by being struck on the roadway) than by firearms. It's been that way for many years now.

Needless to say we don't see anyone calling for stricter car controls, do we.

The multiple death incidents in Oakland, Pittsburgh, Lakewood and elsewhere are also, I believe, a statistical aberration. These types of killings are not the norm if one actually does some research.... which we can't expect the anti's to ever do.

SteveH
12-28-2009, 4:43 PM
With improvements in equipment, training, body armor & medicine gunshot related deaths will continue to decline.

Motor vehicle accident prevention should be the new focus in protecting police officers. The widely ignored law that says slow down or more over for a stopped emergency vehicle is one small step in that direction. The Federal law requiring tow drivers, cops, firefighters, ect to wear bright reflective safety vests at accident scenes is another.

Secondary missiles in a collision is an issue that needs addressed. As they continue to put more and more equipment in the cab of the patrol cars its that much more stuff that goes flying in a crash or airbag deployment. I know a cop who received a skull fracture from the video camera mounted in his patrol car. An effort should be made to make that stuff safer in a collision IMO.

SteveH
12-28-2009, 4:45 PM
Needless to say we don't see anyone calling for stricter car controls, do we.

Of course we do. In fact the reason the production Volt looks like crap is because they had to change the body to meet pedestrain impact safety regulations.

BigDogatPlay
12-28-2009, 11:00 PM
Of course we do. In fact the reason the production Volt looks like crap is because they had to change the body to meet pedestrain impact safety regulations.

So that's why Arnold wanted to return his.... not capable of full urban assault vehicle performance.

:p

Colt-45
12-28-2009, 11:13 PM
Motor vehicle accident prevention should be the new focus in protecting police officers. The widely ignored law that says slow down or more over for a stopped emergency vehicle is one small step in that direction. The Federal law requiring tow drivers, cops, firefighters, ect to wear bright reflective safety vests at accident scenes is another.


Using our California law makers mentality, I propose a ban of SPORTS cars maybe thatll work.:p

nick
12-29-2009, 12:07 AM
Interesting how the article emphasizes the "gun deaths", as if dying by a gun is somehow worse than dying any other way.

hvengel
12-29-2009, 11:28 AM
Interesting how the article emphasizes the "gun deaths", as if dying by a gun is somehow worse than dying any other way.

One other thing the article does not say anything about is that at least in the past that a significant number of these "gun" deaths are a result of the LEO having his own gun taken away and used against him. I found this link:

http://www.harpers.org/index/1998/9/19

Which says that in 1998 that 1 in 6 of all officers killed in the line of duty were killed with their own gun (about 17%). Note that this year there were 124 officers killed in the line of duty and 48 of these were a gun related. Which means that 39% were gun deaths. If this years statistics are close to those in 1998 this means that is is likely that about 40% of the gun death were with the officer's own gun (IE. 17% of 124).

I would expect that there are more exact statistics for this year available someplace but I don't have the time or inclination to look these up.

hvengel
12-29-2009, 11:36 AM
Also keep in mind that the population in 1959 was 177 million which is only about 59% of the current population. If the LEO killed in the line of duty numbers were expressed in term of a population normalized RATE like other crime statistic then I am sure that they would have to go back WAY before 1959 to find a time when the RA

hvengel
12-29-2009, 11:41 AM
Also keep in mind that the population in 1959 was only 177 million which is only 59% of the current population. This means that the current population normalized RATE of LEOs killed in the line of duty is only about 59% of what it was in 1959. Since the 1950s and early 1960s has some of the lowest crimes rates since they stated keeping these stats I suspect that if these numbers were expressed as a RATE like other crime stats that the recent RATES would be the lowest EVER recorded by a substantial amount.

bshnt2015
12-29-2009, 11:50 AM
May all officers/deputies killed in the line of duty in 2009, rest in peace, and with our prayers and thoughts to the families.

May their sacrifices not be measured in a statistical report but their lifes and services remembered for doing good in the community they had served. I pray for a safer 2010 for all.

LarryC
12-29-2009, 9:31 PM
Note the number of instances cited where LEO's were responding to "domestic disturbances/violence". Clearly the answer is restricting marriage and other domestic relationships to only those who have passed anger management classes.

Obviously I'm kidding and I do not intend any disrespect to those killed. My only point is that my ridiculus proposal is no more effective than gun control.

N6ATF
12-29-2009, 10:10 PM
I've been informed several of the slain officers in Oakland were quiet brother Calgunners and NRA members. One or two apparently owned OLL rifles.

:( Tragic irony. And who might they be replaced with? The last thing we need is civil rights abusers to take their places.

fullrearview
12-30-2009, 12:05 AM
I believe I read somewhere that its due to medical tech and safety tech...Violent attacks are up by 1000% or more since the 70's.

fullrearview
12-30-2009, 12:09 AM
Note the number of instances cited where LEO's were responding to "domestic disturbances/violence". Clearly the answer is restricting marriage and other domestic relationships to only those who have passed anger management classes.

Obviously I'm kidding and I do not intend any disrespect to those killed. My only point is that my ridiculus proposal is no more effective than gun control.

Yep....its about control, but they wont tell your that. Thats why I say were heading towards Facism, not socialism/communism.

Nazi Germany- They let them think they still had freedom.

Soviet Russia- They striaght up told them they had no freedoms.

Meplat
12-30-2009, 6:44 AM
May all officers/deputies killed in the line of duty in 2009, rest in peace, and with our prayers and thoughts to the families.

May their sacrifices not be measured in a statistical report but their lifes and services remembered for doing good in the community they had served. I pray for a safer 2010 for all.

Amen!

tyrist
12-30-2009, 12:52 PM
I believe I read somewhere that its due to medical tech and safety tech...Violent attacks are up by 1000% or more since the 70's.

It is due to medical improvements, equipment, and training. The training and equipment Officers have now are far and away superior to what was used.