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Report: Domestic Calls Most Dangerous for Cops
Source: AM740 KTRH NEWSRADIO, Inc. by iHeartMedia's Nik Rajkovic
Date: August 5, 2016

A five-year study of police fatalities details the dangers law enforcement officers face each day. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found domestic disputes accounted for the highest number of fatal calls for service.

PODCAST: Domestic scenes most dangerous for officers
Source: AM740 KTRH NEWSRADIO by Matt Patrick
Date: August 5, 2016

Houston's Morning News with Matt Patrick and welcomes Michael Keith of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to discuss the highest risk for cops when they arrive at a scene. Domestic issue calls are the most dangerous for law enforcement. Why? Listen in!

One-third of officers killed responding to calls were alone, new study of police deaths finds
Source: The Washington Post By Tom Jackman
Date: August 1, 2016

Although police officials have long recognized the need for two officers to respond on any kind of call with a potential for danger, a new study found that 34 percent of officers killed while responding to calls over a recent five-year period did not have backup when they were slain.

Report: Deadly shootings of officers up 78 percent
Source: Fox News - Peter Doocy reports from Washington
Date: July 27, 2016

Deadly shootings of officers up 78%—Shepard Smith Reporting.

Shooting deaths of police up 78 percent this year; ‘troubling’ to memorial fund
Source: The Washington Times By Andrea Noble
Date: July 27, 2016

The number of U.S. law enforcement officers shot dead on the job is up 78 percent this year compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Craig W. Floyd interviewed on Sean & Frank in the Morning
Source: Sean & Frank in the Morning by Sean Casey
Date: July 27, 2016

Craig W. Floyd, President and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, talks with Sean Casey, Sean & Frank in the Morning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Craig W. Floyd on KOMO Newsradio, Seattle
Source: KOMO Newsradio, Seattle by Herb Weisbaum
Date: July 11, 2016

Craig W. Floyd, President and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, interviewed on KOMO Newsradio, Seattle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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