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Study: Firearms fatalities for law enforcement jumped 72 percent
Source: WJLA by Kristine Frazao, Sinclair Broadcast Group
Date: July 20, 2016

At the National Police Officers Memorial in Washington DC, the wreaths keep arriving. “Unfortunately we are the only memorial here in the United States in our nation’s capital that has to add new names to that memorial each and every year,” said Craig Floyd, President & CEO National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Craig W. Floyd interviewed by WTOP Radio
Source: WTOP Radio by Hillary Howard and Dimitri Sotis
Date: July 18, 2016

Craig W. Floyd, President and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, talks with WTOP Radio.

Baton Rouge Attack Deepens Anguish for Police: ‘We’ve Seen Nothing Like This’
Source: The New York Times By Timothy Williams and Alan Blinder
Date: July 17, 2016

“Officer down!” an officer screamed frantically into his police radio Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, La. “Shots fired! Officer down!” One of the most dreaded calls in policing triggered a surge of officers to the city’s Airline Highway, not far from Police Headquarters, an agonizing replay of the distress calls 10 days earlier that prompted the Dallas police to scramble to the aid of their fallen colleagues.

Police officer deaths from guns up 72% from July 2015
Source: CNN By Emanuella Grinberg
Date: July 17, 2016

As of Sunday, 31 law enforcement officers were shot to death in the United States, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which keeps data on officers killed on the job.

It's not just Dallas — police officers have been killed across the country
Source: Los Angeles Times by Erica Evans
Date: July 13, 2016

When five police officers were killed and nine more wounded in an attack during a protest march in Dallas last week, it rattled the nation. With the Dallas shootings, 26 police officers have died in the line of duty so far this year, compared to 18 officers who had died at this point in 2015, according the statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Cop Killers: Fatal Shootings of Police Are Rising
Source: Newsweek by Max Kutner
Date: July 12, 2016

As protesters filled the streets in cities across the United States following the killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police in early July, the normally sleepy Twitter account for Dallas Area Rapid Transit turned grim.

Police Departments Across Country Remain on Edge Following Dallas Ambush
Source: NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Date: July 9, 2016

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets marching against violence of all kinds aimed at creating dialogue, but a small number have gotten tense, putting police on high guard.

Five officers are killed in the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11
Source: EWTN News Nightly
Date: July 8, 2016

Five officers are killed in the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11 – Wyatt Goolsby has latest details, Jason Calvi covers reaction on Capitol Hill, and Lauren Ashburn is joined by The Washington Post’s Christine Emba and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Craig Floyd for their response to the tragedy.

At NLEOM, D.C. officials, celebrities stand together to #PrayForDallas
Source: WJLA by Amy Aubert, Suzanne Kennedy
Date: July 8, 2016

Following the aftermath of the fatal police shooting that left five officers dead and seven others wounded during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas Thursday night, local officials, Hollywood celebrities and others across the country are banding together in an effort to #PrayForDallas on Twitter.

Nation’s officers on edge as deaths in Dallas bring yearly toll among police to 25
Source: The Washington Post by Kimberly Kindy, Scott Higham and Steven Rich
Date: July 8, 2016

“These officers were killed because of the uniform they wear, because of the job they do,” said Craig W. Floyd, president and chief executive of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

CMPD officer recognized after viral photo with autistic teen
Source: FOX 46
Date: June 21, 2016

Officer Timothy Purdy received an Officer of the Month award for June from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Cranston recognizes police officers' life-saving efforts
Source: Providence Journal By Gregory Smith
Date: May 18, 2016

In the words of a national law enforcement organization, saving two lives in separate incidents in eight days is an “extraordinary feat." And that’s what Officer Brenton Medeiros, 26, a 2½-year member of the Cranston Police Department, did last year to earn himself the prestigious Officer of the Month award for May 2016 from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Adding names to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, including Ofc. Leotta
Source: ABC7 By Amy Aubert
Date: April 25, 2016

Engravers are adding the names of the 2015 fallen officers to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. They're adding 252 names this year, including the names of fallen officers from last year along with the names of officers killed in prior years.

Houston Officer Shot in Ambush Attack, Authorities Say
Source: NBC Nightly News By Lester Holt
Date: April 14, 2016

Investigators say the gunman fired six shots, and they are trying to determine whether the uniformed deputy was specifically targeted in the attack.

Highways are dangerous for police officers, road crews
Source: WTOP By Kate Ryan
Date: April 14, 2016

Police, emergency workers and road crews have a tough job, made tougher by the danger they encounter on interstates and busy roads. Statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that in 2015, 10 police officers died after being hit by a vehicle while they were out of their patrol cars.

In the line of duty: Officer shooting deaths up 113%
Source: Media General by Rebecca Sapakie
Date: April 13, 2016

Four officers have been shot, and killed in less than 30 days. Seventeen in all this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) which tracks officer deaths. That’s a 113% increase in firearm-related deaths since this time last year.

Officers receive national award for lifesaving actions at house fire
Source: Gaylord HeraldTimes.com. By Mark Johnson
Date: April 8, 2016

Troopers Rick Carlson and Jim Leonard had just stopped for a cup of coffee at a Gaylord gas station when they received a call that would ultimately impact their lives for the next several months.

Startling statistics: Officer fatalities reportedly up nationwide
Source: WJLA. By Amy Aubert, ABC7
Date: April 1, 2016

According to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the total number of law enforcement officer fatalities nationwide is up.

Last year, seven police officers were fatally shot by April 1. This year, the number has more than doubled
Source: Washington Post. By Mark Berman
Date: April 1, 2016

On Thursday, Virginia State Police trooper Chad P. Dermyer was participating in a training exercise at a Richmond bus station when he approached a man just inside the facility’s front doors.

Two troopers, deputy receive national award for life-saving efforts
Source: UpNorthLive.com By Sarah Roebuck
Date: March 24, 2016

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected two troopers with the Michigan State Police and a deputy with the Otsego County Sheriff's Department as the recipients of its Officer of the Month Award.

How Many Officers Are Killed in Traffic-Related Incidents?
Source: NECN By Ally Donnelly
Date: March 17, 2016

Traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in 2015, killing 52 officers nationwide.

About 10 police officers per year are killed in ambushes, but five already in 2016
Source: The Washington Post by Tom Jackman
Date: March 14, 2016

Statistics show that since 2000, there have been about 9.5 ambush killings of law enforcement officers per year nationwide, and that the number has been declining in recent years, to about six per year. But this year is off to a horrible start.

Car crashes are a leading cause of state trooper deaths
Source: NJ Advance Media for NJ.com by S.P. Sullivan
Date: March 9, 2016

"Fifteen of the last 20 years, from a national perspective, traffic fatalities have been the leading cause of the death for police officers annually," said Steve Groeninger, a spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks line-of-duty deaths across the United States.

Police officer shooting deaths on rise in 2016 amid anti-law enforcement rhetoric
Source: The Washington Post by Andrea Noble
Date: February 29, 2016

Police officer shooting deaths on rise in 2016 amid anti-law enforcement rhetoric The funeral Tuesday for a Virginia police officer killed on her first day of work serves as the latest reminder of an uptick of fatal police shootings so far this year.

Police officers are killed dealing with domestic violence and other problems we ignore
Source: The Washington Post by Petula Dvorak
Date: February 29, 2016

Every time cops like Ashley Guindon put on their badges and head to work, the criminals they encounter are only one small part of their difficult, dangerous jobs.

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