Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: Lowest police deaths by firearms since 1887



Video Transcript (edited):

"Law enforcement killed by firearms this year... dropped to the lowest level since the 1800's. That's according to a new report from the "national law enforcement officers memorial fund". A lot has changed for police officers since then. KRDO NewsChannel 13's Olivia Wilmsen is live at the springs police department - Olivia? Officers are relieved to hear that number is so low. 33 officers were killed by firearms this year in the US - It's the lowest number since 1887. Being a police officer is a dangerous job, but many choose to serve and protect. "When you get on scene even if the worst happens you can react to it quickly." across the US, 111 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty this year. but deaths by firearms - the lowest in 127 YEARS. "That' absolutely good news." The last colorado springs police officer killed by a firearm - Kenneth Chua Jordan in 2006...  "We haven't dealt with any officer line of duty deaths this year for our department." the job has changed significantly since the 19th century. Sgt. Mike Roy Colorado Springs Police Department "All of our officers are wearing bullet-proof vests. Lot of agencies don't have that, but have trended towards issuing their offices vests." officer Bob Laney has served Solorado springs for 35 years. "We do have options when we go to the field and it's nice to have those." Since 1896, 13 Colorado Springs Police Officers have died in the line of duty, eight of which died by firearms. Officers attribute training for that lower death number. " I think this has shown benefit in the survival rate in street police officers." although deaths by firearms were extremely low this year... "We're always learning to try to do better." Both officers say the fear of being killed by firearms is as dangerous as traffic deaths.

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