December 30, 2013 |
In 2013, some of the year's biggest headlines involved cop killers. There was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who authorities said was shot and killed by the Tsarnaev brothers after the Boston Marathon bombings in April. There was Christopher Dorner's vengeful rampage across Southern California in February. Two of the four people he killed were police officers. Yet those tragedies would prove the exceptions in 2013, which may have been one of the safest years in modern history for American police.
December 29, 2000 |
A total of 151 police officers have died in the line of duty so far this year, an increase of 11% from 1999, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the Concerns of Police Survivors. The annual average in the 1990s was 153, compared with 187 during the 1980s and 222 during the 1970s. Texas had the most police officers killed this year, with 14 dead, followed by California with 11 and Georgia and Tennessee with 10 each.
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May 13, 1998 |
On Friday, Simi Valley police officers will be joining other law enforcement authorities from across the country in recognition of Peace Officers' Memorial Day. A chaplain will offer prayers at the beginning of each shift and officers will wear black bands around their badges in remembrance of those officers who have given their lives in service to their communities. In addition, all flags in Simi Valley will fly at half-mast.
December 27, 2007 |
A record number of fatal traffic incidents and a double-digit spike in shooting deaths led to one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers in more than a decade. With the exception of 2001, which saw a dramatic increase in deaths because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 2007 was the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1989, according to preliminary data released jointly by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors.
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May 16, 1997 |
The family of slain Ventura County sheriff's deputy Peter John Aguirre Jr. was in Washington Thursday for a candlelight vigil to honor the nation's 116 law enforcement officers who died in 1996. Oxnard Police Officer James Rex Jensen Jr., who was accidentally shot March 13, 1996, during a botched drug raid, was also honored during the ceremony. The evening vigil was part of a ceremony for National Police Week, which was kicked off Monday by U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno.
November 19, 2012 |
Criminals killed more police officers in 2011 than in any year since 1995, according to data released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But the spike appears to have disappeared as fast as it arrived. According to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, violence against cops has plunged more than 20% in 2012 compared to this time last year. Seventy-two law enforcement officers were killed in 2011, according to the FBI's annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report , with all but nine dying of gunshot wounds.