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Law Enforcement Fatalities Decrease 44% In The First Half Of 2012, Reaching A 52-Year Low

Press release from the  National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

Law Enforcement Fatalities Decrease 44% In The First Half Of 2012, Reaching A 52-Year Low

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2012  In a reversal of recent trends and positive news for the law enforcement community, law enforcement fatalities declined significantly nationwide during the first half of 2012, reaching a 52-year low.

Fifty-three law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the first six months of this year, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), in conjunction with the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).  This represents a 44 percent decrease over the 94 officers who lost their lives during the same time last year.  Officer fatalities decreased across all circumstances yet peace officer ambushes remain the leading circumstance of fatal shootings.

Of the 53 officers who were killed during the first six months of this year:

Twenty-one officers were killed in traffic-related incidents representing a 36 percent decrease during the period.  This includes 17 who died in automobile crashes, three who were struck by automobiles while outside of their own vehicles, and one officer who was killed in a motorcycle crash.

Nineteen were shot to death, representing a more than a 50 percent decrease from the same period last year.

Thirteen officers died due to causes other than traffic or firearms-related incidents representing a 38 percent decrease.  This includes seven officers who died due to physical-related illnesses, three who were stabbed, and three who died in a fall.

“After two years of rising numbers of peace officer fatalities, the law enforcement community has joined together to make officer safety the utmost priority,” said Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd.  “It is good to see those efforts paying off and the number of peace officer fatalities decreasing thus far in 2012.”

Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas were the deadliest states in the nation thus far in 2012 with three fatalities each.  Eight states (Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, and Utah) each lot two officers during the same period.

Nineteen of the officers killed during the first half of the year were municipal officers, 19 were county officers, ten were state officers, three were territorial officers, and two were federal officers.  The average age of the officers who died was 43.  On average, they served for 12 years and eight of the officers who died were women.

“Line of duty deaths are down by almost 50% which is amazing news!” stated Madeline Neumann, National President of Concerns of Police Survivors and surviving spouse of Essex County (NJ) Patrolman Keith Neumann, who was killed in a drug raid on August 3, 1989. “This trend shows the value of raising awareness on safety issues for law enforcement officers.  Both NLEOMF and Concerns of Police Survivors have worked extremely hard to get the word out about how important officer safety is and it is apparent that our efforts are paying off.”

A copy of the full report, “Law Enforcement Officer Deaths:  Mid-Year 2012 Report,” is available at www.LawMemorial.org/ResearchBulletin.

About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The NLEOMF maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

About Concerns of Police Survivors

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors. For more information, visit www.nationalcops.org.

CONTACT: Steve Groeninger, (202) 737-7135 or steve@nleomf.org

SOURCE National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Web Site: http://www.LawMemorial.org


Man shot in head at Arlington AMPM Gas Station

Red BMW that contained the victim parked in front of AMPM Gas Station

I was making my weekly run to the Angel of the Winds casino last night when I heard a call on the scanner for a male with gunshot wound to the head at the AMPM off Highway 530. Apparently there was some type of altercation at the Blue Stilly Park that spilled over to the AMPM.


Sounds like one subject in the red BMW was shot in the head, the shooter apparently fled the scene and so far there is not much detail about the suspect they are looking for. The AMPM has several security video cameras visible around the building so there is a good chance they might have some footage of the suspect.

The victim was transported in the medic rig to Everett Providence Hospital.

Apparently Chicago is not the place to vacation this year

I guess the windy city is simply too dangerous to take the family this year. The Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association is telling folks to avoid it- he paints a lovely picture of conditions of Chi-Town:

“In clear conscience I cannot recommend that anyone vacation in Chicago this summer,” continued Pearson.  “Tourists are like sitting ducks and mobs of violent criminals have shown that they are brazen enough to attack anywhere, any time – even along the Magnificent Mile.  I suggest that folks consider Wisconsin as a vacation destination this year.  Fresh air, sunshine, friendly people – all waiting just a short drive across the border.

In case you want to read the rest of his warning, here is the full press release.

It’s illegal to use red light cameras for anything but traffic enforcement, unless you are Lynnwood Police.

Lynnwood’s revenue generation system

Interesting article in the Seattle Times yesterday about the fact that Seattle Police are unable to access the red light camera video to help solve a couple recent killings. I was unaware that it is illegal to use video from red light cameras for anything other than traffic enforcement in Washington state.

From the article: “Across the nation footage from red-light traffic cameras have been used by police to solve crimes, but the footage is banned from police use in Washington state. The King County prosecutor wants the Legislature to reconsider the 2005 law.”

Apparently Lynnwood Police is also unaware of this law. On August 17th, 2011 there was a shooting in Lynnwood, on 196th street. During the response I monitored their radio traffic and they mentioned that they could “Pull the ATS  (American Traffic Solutions) footage” to help ID the shooter. I even tweeted about it:

I guess Lynnwood figures the law doesn’t apply to them?

Here’s a link to the Seattle Times article:  Seattle cops can’t check red-light cameras for clues to killings | Local News | The Seattle Times.