The FBI has released its preliminary numbers of law enforcement officers that were killed in the line of duty in 2012.
While every officer’s death is tragic, the numbers were down from 2011, both in officers killed by suspects and accidents, which is good. Unfortunately, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website, 2013 deaths are up in both categories.
Law enforcement officers are an important part of America’s first responders and provide a crucial service to citizens. Officers often have to be a mix of hero, Samaritan, protector, witness, investigator and healer. Not everyone can do this job, and those who do deserve to be commended for their sacrifices, especially those who sacrifice all.
There are many ways to provide tribute to fallen officers, but one way to thank officers for everything they do is to be respectful when meeting one for whatever reason. They are just doing their jobs, and one day, their jobs may be saving you.
The full report will be published in Uniform Crime Reporting Program's publication, “Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2012,” and will be available on the FBI website in the fall.