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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Fewer Police Officers Are Killed on Duty

     The number of law enforcement deaths dropped to its lowest level in 54 years in 2013…One hundred and eleven officers died on duty this year…The figure marks a decrease from 120 deaths in 2012 and 169 in 2011, and its the lowest number of law enforcement fatalities since 1959 when 110 officers died on the job.

     The preliminary data shows that traffic accidents were the leading cause of officer death, with 46 killed. The second leading cause of death was firearms, which accounted for 33 officer fatalities….

     Changes as simple as asking officers to wear body armor and fasten their seat belts have made a difference….

Adam Gabbatt, Reuters, December 30, 2013 

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