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July 2010: eNewsletter

After 50-Year Low, Officer Fatalities Surge in First Half of 2010
2010 Mid-Year Fatality Report

After reaching a 50-year low in 2009, the number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty surged nearly 43 percent during the first six months of 2010, according to preliminary data released this week by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. If the mid-year trend continues, 2010 could end up being one of the deadliest years for law enforcement in two decades.

A preliminary total of 87 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty between January 1 and June 30, 2010. That compares with 61 officers who were killed during the first six months of 2009, an increase of 42.6 percent. All major categories of officer deaths rose sharply during the first half of 2010: firearms-related fatalities by 41 percent; traffic-related deaths, 35 percent; and all other fatalities combined, 75 percent. Complete details in our latest Research Bulletin.

Disturbing Pattern of “Cluster Killings” Continues
 Fresno County Sheriff
 Reedley Police
 West Memphis (AR) Police Department
 Tampa (FL) Police

The disturbing 2009 pattern of “cluster killings”—when more than one officer is shot and killed in the same incident—continued during the first half of 2010. Six officers have been gunned down in three separate incidents this year:

  • On February 25, Fresno County (CA) Deputy Sheriff Joel Wahlenmaier and Reedley (CA) Police Officer Javier Bejar were shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a suspected arsonist. Deputy Wahlenmaier died that day; Officer Bejar succumbed to his injuries on March 1.

  • On May 20, Sergeant Brandon Paudert and Officer Bill Evans of the West Memphis (AR) Police Department were gunned down following a traffic stop by two suspects armed with AK-47s.

  • On June 29, Tampa (FL) Police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were shot at close range following a traffic stop by a suspect with an outstanding warrant.

In 2009, 15 officers were murdered in five multiple-fatality shootings.

Telling the Story of J. Edgar Hoover
J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Badge No. 1, 1937. 2010.11.97.
FBI Badge No. 1, 1937. 2010.11.97
© 2010 Hideaki Sakuri

When the National Law Enforcement Museum opens in Washington, DC, in 2013, it will house one of the most extensive collections of objects related to the life and work of J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI for an unprecedented 48 years. Through a donation from the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, the Museum has acquired well over 2,000 items from Director Hoover’s estate, including his office desk, chair and telephone, presentation items, awards, photographs, correspondence, books, recordings of Mr. Hoover’s speeches and numerous other items that relate to his personal and professional life.

Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd put the donation in perspective: “You can’t tell the story of American law enforcement without telling the story of the FBI, and you certainly can’t tell the story of the FBI without telling the story of J. Edgar Hoover. When the doors of the Museum open, we will be able to tell the story of Director Hoover and the FBI like no one has been able to tell it before.” Read more and watch a video of the announcement of the Hoover donation.

Footnote: The Museum has also announced that its research facility will be named the J. Edgar Hoover Research Center, thanks to the generous financial support from the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation and four other organizations: Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; FBI National Academy Associates; National Executive Institute Associates; and the Society of FBI Alumni. 

Michigan State Trooper Honored for Heroic Rescue of Officer
Trooper Kevin Caldwell

Trooper Kevin Caldwell of the Michigan State Police just happened to be driving behind an Allen Park (MI) Police cruiser when both officers heard the pop of gunfire. The patrol car immediately turned around and headed toward the gunfire. Trooper Caldwell – though off-duty and in his own vehicle – followed without hesitation. As the two officers entered a residential street, gunfire erupted from a nearby home, and the Allen Park officer was struck several times.

Despite the hail of bullets around him, Trooper Caldwell moved the wounded officer behind a cement wall where he could assess the injuries and render first aid until medical help arrived. Trooper Caldwell then commandeered the wounded officer’s AR-15 duty rifle and remained in the inner perimeter to support responding officers.

For his heroic actions, Trooper Caldwell has received the Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award. Read more about this dedicated law enforcement professional.

Footnote: POLICE Magazine is the proud media sponsor of the Officer of the Month program. Read more about the Officers of the Month at www.policemag.com.

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