Police Officer Deaths Decrease

Less police officers passed away in the line of task in 2005 than in previous years as a result of renovations in body armor, better training and less-lethal weapons.

A recent report indicates that 153 law enforcement policemans throughout the nation died in the line of responsibility, noting an ongoing descending fad over the past 30 years.

Throughout the 1970s, more than 220 police officers were killed annually, making it the deadliest years in law enforcement background. Yet with the exception of 2001 and the high variety of police officers killed in the 9/11 attacks, the police officer death rate has decreased to 160 annually.

The golden state, which shed 17 police officers over the past year, had the country’s most line-of-duty fatalities, complied with by Texas, with 14, and also Georgia, with 10. These numbers were released by the National Law Enforcement Administration Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and also the Worries of Cops Survivors (POLICE OFFICERS), two not-for-profit companies. While fatalities have decreased, even more safety measures are called for.

“The truth remains that a policeman dies nearly each day, and also we should stay concentrated on the procedures that will protect their lives,” stated National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Chairman Craig W. Floyd.

The NLEOMF as well as its companion organization, the International Association of Chiefs of Authorities (IACP), kept in mind the significance of body armor.

According to the IACP Dupont Kevlar Survivors’ Club ®, which tracks events where the shield has saved police officers’ lives, almost 3,000 policemans have been shielded from potentially fatal injuries considering that 1975.

Due to the fact that this is the second successive year in which traffic-related crashes either equaled or covered gunfire as the leading cause of death, the NLEOMF and POLICES are requiring better driver training for police officers, more secure cars, and also a driving public that is more conscientious to police officer safety when approaching accident scenes and web traffic quits.

Every officer that passed away in the line of task during 2005 will certainly be recognized at a Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2006, throughout National Police Week.

“When law enforcement police officers pass away in the line of responsibility, their families require strong support. Worries of Cops Survivors will be there for the households that lost an officer in 2005,” claimed COPS National President Shirley Gibson, whose kid, Cops Master Patrol Policeman Brian T. Gibson, was killed in 1997.

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