Police officer deaths fell to their lowest midyear total in 43 years after an unusually deadly year for law enforcement officers, says a report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund quoted by USA Today. Deaths declined from 100 to 59 in the first six months of 2007 compared to the same period this year. The number of overall deaths is the lowest since 1965, when 55 officers were killed.
Says Craig Floyd, memorial fund chairman: “We were questioning last year whether 2007 was the start of a troubling trend. Now, I’m hoping that 2007 was an aberration.” Ed Nowicki of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association says police still are encountering more aggressive, armed offenders. In response to the 2007 increase in officer shooting deaths, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis ordered all patrol officers – the bulk of the department’s 2,200-officer force – to participate in drills to test their responses on calls involving armed suspects.