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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

National award recognizes Boulder County deputy Jeff Brunkow for saving two hostages
Source: Denver ABC7 by Molly Hendrickson
Date: February 16, 2016

Boulder County, COLO. - Boulder County Sheriff's deputy Jeff Brunkow isn't one for attention. A 20-year veteran, his passion for law enforcement started when he was just a kid.

Former D.C. Police Chief sees opportunity in challenging times
Source: WTOP by Dick Uliano
Date: February 10, 2016

Former Washington, D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey says heightened scrutiny of police departments across the country will strengthen and improve policing nationwide.

Lyndhurst officer recognized for helping fellow passengers escape derailed Amtrak train
Source: NORTHJERSERY.COM by Abbott Koloff
Date: January 29, 2016

A Lyndhurst police officer who, though injured himself, helped rescue people from the wreckage of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last year was recognized on Friday by a national law enforcement organization that gave him an award for “exemplary law enforcement service.”

After a Dangerous Year, Officers' Family and Colleagues Reflect
Source: NBC NEWS by Ari Melber and Safia Samee Ali
Date: January 18, 2016

When a gunman charged and shot Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett in his squad car earlier this month, the harrowing confrontation was disturbingly familiar.