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Police Officer Deaths Up 38% in the First Half of 2014

June 16, 2014  | 

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released preliminary statistics showing a 38% increase in law enforcement fatalities in the first half of 2014 compared to the same time last year. The figures are the first indication of an upward trend in police officer deaths since 2012.

NLEOMF researchers compiled the list of fatalities, which includes deaths as the result of assaults, traffic incidents, and on-duty injuries.

Of the 63 fatalities through June 15, 23 were gun-related, and 25 are the result of traffic incidents.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 6/16/2014 6:51 PM

Unfortunately Officer loss of life has been mostly due to traffic related deaths. With more states allowing concealed carry more violence toward police is up due to so many poorly trained people carrying guns. As more states legalize Concealed Carry, Officer deaths will continue to rise. The radical Texas open carry people would be in for a big shock in Florida if they openly carried an AR-15 into a restaurant since under the Florida "stand your ground" law it is legal to shoot them on the spot. The stand your ground law allows anyone that feels threatened in anyway to use deadly force on anyone they feel threatened by. The "stand your ground" law does not require any actual threat but just a perceived threat by the victim. Florida does not allow open carry of any firearm but does allow concealed carry by permit.

Rick @ 6/17/2014 5:43 AM

Name one incident where someone with an issued CCW license shot a law enforcement Officer?

S.S. @ 6/17/2014 6:18 AM

Sorry to disagree with you leprachaun, but you are so wrong on this one it's not even funny. I live in Texas, this state is mostly conservative. I'm an Officer in Texas, and I don't run into CCW holders very often, but when I do they advise me through our warrants channel, and also the holders themselves are suppose to advise you as well. It's the person who doesn't have the license that worries me, and is strapped. They are the ones that we need to watch out for. I haven't heard of any incidents here where a CCW has killed an officer . If you have any record of that please post it.

Lt Dan @ 6/17/2014 7:05 AM

Wow, fact is ALMOST ALL officer involved firearms deaths are carried out by actors who brought a gun they possessed illegally or with a gun taken from the officer. ALMOST ALL. Southern states, where I am, are having a knee jerk reaction and changing laws to make things a bit more difficult for uniformed officers on traffic stops. I fear that the pendulum will swing back in the other direction. Since you asked for it......This was a tregedy for all involved...but hopefully justice will be carried out soon.

Nightstalker @ 6/17/2014 12:20 PM

God bless all the good and honest Law-Enforcement officers out there but for the ones who just plays around out there and are poorly trained well sorry to say death will happen.

westcoastleo @ 6/17/2014 4:33 PM

In L.A. County we have lost several officers due to traffic crash incidents. However, across the state and country it seems that shooting deaths and assaults are common. I'm afraid we might loose more due to the violent nature in our country and the softness of our departments to the public. LEO's need to keep strong and aggressive. Do not be afraid to use force just make sure that when you use it that you are first on legal standing and you do not over use enough force to stop the aggression that is confronting you. Document your force and make sure you document it correctly in case it is checked against a video. Always work as if you are being videoed. Always remember, as a peace officer and as an American citizen, you have a right to defend yourself..

LASD Supervisor,

34.6 years

Patrick @ 6/17/2014 6:11 PM

I am a law enforcement officer in California and can't express enough how one law has changed the course of law enforcement in our state for years to come. This one particular law ab109 has set law enforcement back 20 years. This law was suppose to reduce prison overcrowding and it has created a crime wave that our state hasn't seen since the last time brown was our governor. I can go on and on about how bad this law is for California but I won't all I'm going to say is if your in law enforcement and visiting our state come armed. This state is extremely lenient when it comes to armed felons which has increased in droves. I asked one suspect what it would take for him not to carry a firearm and he stated about seven years in prison would do it for me. In our state the average time a felon is getting for possessing a firearm is two years with half. So about a year in county jail is it and then on to unsupervised probation where they use be on supervised parole . It makes no sense at all. So there you go more officers will be shot at or even killed in the line of duty until our governor and the legislature change this law so we can put away the criminals who are using these guns there getting from residential burglaries and using them in robberies and drive by shootings. Until they make some serious changes to this law I pray that all the officers out there always watch your six and your partners as we'll. Godspeed.

claywatson @ 6/21/2014 6:26 PM

Patrick, I googled CA AB 109 and found "Implementing AB 109 is further complicated by the decimation of County Probation departmental budgets across our state in virtually every budget cycle since 2007/08. The vast majority of these departments are now unable to provide meaningful supervision to more than a fraction of the total population ordered to community supervision by the local courts. Combine that with the virtual absence of rehabilitative programs throughout our state because Boards, Councils and Planning Commissions historically refuse to issue permits for community service providers and it’s clear why other pieces of the system react as they do."

Sounds like the inmates are turned loose and running wild in the left-coast asylum.

claywatson @ 6/21/2014 6:33 PM

It's not just California. With nationwide budget and manpower shortfalls, fugitives just have to cross state lines to avoid prosecution. If they aren't being extradited, no wonder CCW, LEOSA & off-duty carry has boomed. May well be a felon in line with you at WalMart.

claywatson @ 6/21/2014 6:43 PM

Feds are hampered too, with news this week of Border Patrol unable to stop teens with obvious gang tats from crossing into America. Well, that's the administration importing undocumented Democrats for you. But Marshal's Service isn't funded adequately either.

claywatson @ 6/22/2014 4:26 AM

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