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A new report finds that as of December 17, 123 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in the line ...
of duty in the US. That number is down 20% from the same period last year, and follows a two-year spike. (Dec. 27)
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DURATION: 1:24-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST: SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS/AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington/December 26, 20121. SOUNDBITE: CRAIG W. FLOYD/CHAIRMAN AND CEO,NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUNDI think the last two years have been an alarm for those of us involved in law enforcement safety. There's been a significant spike in law enforcement fatalities in 2010 and 2011. As a result the Attorney General all the way down to the policy makers, the trainers, the practitioners, the officers on the street have approached their dangerous jobs in a much more cautious way. They're better prepared and better equipped to go into potentially life-threatening situations.2. SOUNDBITE: CRAIG W. FLOYD/CHAIRMAN AND CEO,NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUNDI believe the decrease in firearms-related deaths first-and-foremost is related to an increase in officers wearing body-armor. Over the past two years we know that 30% of the officers killed in the line of duty were not wearing body armor. Many more departments today are requiring their officers to wear body armor as part of their uniform.---3. SOUNDBITE: CRAIG W. FLOYD/CHAIRMAN AND CEO,NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUNDIn that New York situation, as we saw in Newtown, there's people with mental illnesses out there that pose a great threat not only to the citizens of the great nation but to the law enforcement officers who have to confront them on a daily basis. And we have to do a better job of keeping these dangerous weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. It's a dangerous mix. And often-times public safety officers are the target of these people with mental illness who are using dangerous weapons.---WHAM-TV - MUST COURTESYWebster, New York - Dec. 24, 20124. Wide shot of home ablaze after incident where firefighters were shotSTORYLINE:A new report finds that as of December 17, 123 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2012. That number is down about 20 percent from 2011 and follows a two-year spike in law enforcement deaths. Firearms-related fatalities declined 31-percent after a two-year increase, with 45 firearms-related so far in 2012,compared to 65 in the same period in 2011. Craig Floyd, The Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund credits officer training, caution and the use of body armor for the decrease. The statistics are part of an annual report issued jointly by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors, two non-profit organizations that track officer fatalities.----------------