2007: A Deadly Year

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Bonnie M. Wells

On December 27, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund released a shocking report which says, "2007 has been a deadly year for law enforcement in the United States, with 186 officers killed nationwide as of December 26."

Outside of 2001, when 239 officers died (72 in the September 11 terrorist attacks) -- 2007 is the deadliest year for American law enforcement since 1989, the NLEOMF said.

So far this year, 69 officers have been shot and killed, up 33 percent from 2006. Handguns were used in the vast majority of fatal officer shootings. Six times this year, two or more officers were gunned down in the same incident, including a shooting that killed three Odessa (TX) Police officers in early September.

"In 2007, our nation's law enforcement officers were confronted with more brazen, heavily armed and cold-blooded criminals than they have faced in many years," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the NLEOMF. He added, "Even in the face of incredible danger, our men and women in blue displayed remarkable bravery in working to protect the rest of us. As this tragic year comes to a close, every American owes our law enforcement officers an incredible measure of gratitude."


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