Fewer Line of Duty Deaths
- Fewer police officers died in the line of duty in 2008 compared to last year, reflecting better training and tactics, two law enforcement support groups reported Sunday.
The findings reversed the trend for 2007 when there was a spike in police deaths, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and another group, Concerns of Police Survivors.
- Gunfire deaths dropped to 41 officers this year, compared to 68 in 2007. The 2008 number represented the lowest total since 1956 — when there were 35 — and was far below the peak of 156 officers killed by gunfire in 1973.
Traffic-related deaths also declined, with 71 officers killed this year, compared to 83 in 2007. It was the 11th consecutive year that more officers were killed in traffic incidents than from any other cause.
That doesn't make Chicago's year any less painful, with Officers Francis and Taylor being killed in the Line of Duty, Airhart succumbing to his wounds years later, and the off duty death of Soto. Those wounds will remain raw for years. But it is good to see that number of Line of Duty deaths decline.
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