Train To Make a Difference! A Decrease in Officer Fatalities in 1st Quarter of 2012

Ok I am normally the provider of the doom and gloom information when it comes to officer safety related issues but today I have some better than good news. Source the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association.

After a two year spike in law enforcement deaths, the first quarter of 2012 has experienced a significant decrease in deaths for law enforcement officers in all categories. Data from the National Law Enforcement Memorial was obtained by comparing the first quarter of 2012 with fatalities in the first quarter of 2011.

The largest decrease was the category for firearms related deaths, down 58% from 2011 levels. Traffic fatalities were also down 39% and from other causes decreased by 38%. Florida continues to lead all other states in the most officer deaths, as it did in 2011.

The reduction in officer deaths is strong evidence of the importance of training. The spike in fatalities saw the development of the Bellow 100 Initiative, http://www.lawofficer.com/below100, the VALOR Initiative, http://www.valorforblue.org/ and a partnership between the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote increased safety on the highways, http://www.nleomf.org/facts/nhtsa-officer-safety-initiatives/ Through these and other efforts, officers are safer while continuing to keep crime levels low.

Rather than relax, it is time to redouble these efforts, to seek support and funding for training and protective equipment (Remember your mind is the number one piece of equipment you own and operate). It is also an opportunity to broaden the scope of training, from dispatchers to managers, who have important roles in the safety of officers on the street.

Stay Oriented!

Fred