According to the latest National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, a total of 173 officers lost their lives in 2011.
Gunfire deaths were up 15% from 2010, killing 68 officers in 2011. Firearm related deaths have increased 70% from 2008 to 2011.
And for the first time in 14 years, more law enforcement officers died in shootings than in traffic accidents. This year, 64 officers were killed either in car or motorcycle related crashes.
“Drastic budget cuts affecting law enforcement agencies across the country have put our officers at grave risk,” said Craig Floyd, the chairman of the memorial fund. Many have criticized police departments ability to properly train and equip their officers because of the tough economy.
Looking locally, the new police “headquarters”, has become a money pit. It drains Metro’s budget at the rate of 3 times what they were paying for rent before it was built. Each floor has one million dollars of new furniture and equipment with further upgrades being added almost on a daily basis. All at the cost of less equipment and training funds needed by the officers who protect the citizens, but yet the administration can sit in comfort in new offices with new furniture and gripe about the colors of the walls. Sheriff Gillespie announced that due to the lack of funds, there are no planned academies, of any kind, commissioned or civilian, for the upcoming year. But again, retirements are at a record pace, largely in part to the frustration of the senior officer’s confidence in the administration.
LVMPD was fortunate not to have any officers lose their lives in the line of duty in 2010 and 2011.
2009 was a heartbreaking year for the law enforcement, especially LVMPD, losing four officers, James Manor, Milburn Beitel, Trevor Nettleton, and Daniel Leach.
In 2010, retired LVMPD officer, Stanley Cooper, working as a Special Deputy for the US Marshals, lost his life while on duty.
The local media has chosen to criticize local law enforcement for the police involved shootings and as a result, made the suspects martyrs, regardless of the crimes they committed or the people they did hurt or tried to.
Where are the articles commending and paying tribute to our fallen officers, who paid the ultimate price serving the community?
Please view the link to the Silver State National Peace Officers Museum and pay your respect to the fallen officers in Nevada. (Peace Officer Museum)
Please view the link to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and view the tributes and pay your respect for officers around the country.(nleomf)
Also please check out the Las Vegas Police Protective Association’s Metro’s Charities link (lvppacharities) . They provide assistance to those families of local law enforcement officers who died, giving them financial assistance for unforeseen circumstances and to assure that the families always have a helping hand, whether it is birthdays, holiday or education needs.
Please donate generously and may they Rest in Peace.
We still have a few days left in 2011. Take a few SECONDS and thank an officer, whether police or uniformed military also, for their service and pray for their safety. They are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, fiancés, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and grandparents as well.
I pray for all the officers, in every jurisdiction, in every city, county, state, and country to have a safe career and a healthy retirement.
Thank you for your service and I am proud to have served.