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NLEOMF: Firearms-Related Duty Deaths Up 24% in 2018

July 10, 2018  | 

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund issued its 2018 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report, revealing that 73 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty so far in 2018. Of these 73 officers, 31 were killed in firearms-related incidents, compared to 25 in the same period in 2017—an increase of 24%.

The NLEOMF said also that 27 were killed in traffic-related incidents. Eleven of these fatalities were the result of multiple-vehicle automobile crashes. Nine were the result of single-vehicle crashes and seven officers were struck while outside of their vehicles.

Fifteen officers died of other causes, the majority of which were job-related illnesses. That's down 17% from the 18 deaths attributed to other causes during the same time period in 2017.

“Law enforcement officers put their badges on each day and work to keep citizens and communities safe," Memorial Fund CEO Craig Floyd said in a written statement. “With 73 officers having made the ultimate sacrifice already this year, this report serves as an important reminder of the debt of gratitude that we owe the 900,000 men and women who serve in law enforcement each day. It's important for our citizenry to protect America's peace officers with the same dedication and commitment they show each day in protecting us.”

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Edgar Allen @ 8/5/2018 8:53 AM

Of course, it’s a tragedy when an officer goes down in the line of duty. However, it doesn’t help the general cooperation between police and civilians when law enforcement publications distort the facts and generate paranoia and, perhaps, a bit of hysteria among the law enforcement community. The misleading subhead - “Firearms-related deaths increase 24% over the same period last year” reports a meaningless percentage (24%) that represents an increase of 6 total additional officer deaths over last year! That’s *6 additional officer deaths* out of a total law enforcement service group of about 900,000 officers. As a two year member of the Citizen's Advisory Panel of the original TASER Foundation, I've worked to prevent officer fatalities and support families of fallen officers. But, let's be real in presenting data without using misleading statistics.

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