The total number of law enforcement fatalities for 2012 is down 23-27% from 2011. The Officer Down Memorial Page lists 126 deaths for 2012 – down from 174 in 2011. Approximately 64 of those deaths in 2012 were from felonious assaults (assault, stabbing, gunfire, struck by vehicle, etc.), and another 35 were from vehicle accidents (auto, motorcycle, or pursuit related).
Law Officer Magazine’s “Below 100” initiative to reduce line of duty deaths to fewer than 100 per year is working, but much work remains. I responded to the hospital this past May 20, 2012 – the night Cleveland, TN Police Officer Justin Maples died in an auto accident responding to assist other officers. Words can’t describe the grief and loss that plague our communities when officer deaths occur, and we must be vigilant in our efforts to raise awareness in 2013.
The Five Tenets of Below 100:
- Wear your seatbelt
- Wear your vest (body armor)
- Watch your speed
- WIN – What’s Important Now?
- Remember: Complacency Kills!
There is another type of death plaguing those in law enforcement. Many officers continue as “walking dead” – physically alive but dying inside. Our mission is to infuse life into the profession by ministering the love and grace of Jesus Christ to both physical and spiritual needs. Covered Law Enforcement is approaching 2013 with renewed vigor as together we are “Reaching a New Generation of Blue for Jesus Christ.”
- Officer Deaths Fall 20 Percent In 2012 (kabb.com)
- Report: US law enforcement deaths down in 2012 (cnsnews.com)
- Report: US Law Enforcement Deaths Down In 2012 (dfw.cbslocal.com)
- U.S. Law Enforcement Deaths Drop in 2012 (krextv.com)
- Report: US Law Enforcement Deaths Down in 2012 (wsaw.com)
- Report: US Law Enforcement Deaths Down In 2012 (baltimore.cbslocal.com)