The Justice Department will review a rash of deadly attacks on police after the fatal shootings of 10 officers since Jan. 1, says USA Today. Bernard Melekian, the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services director, said analysts would study whether deficits in training, resources, or officer behavior may have contributed to a troubling series of violent attacks in at least five states. The 10 firearm-related police deaths mark the third-highest January total in the past 20 years.
“Coming off 2010, my gracious, it's a really bad way to start a new year,” said Mark Marshall, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Marshall, the police chief in Smithfield, Va., said the association is just beginning to assemble a national database, tracking assaults on police that result in serious injury and death. The database, part of the Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police, will be used to help determine whether new training or resources are needed to better deal with violent confrontations. Police leaders, including former Miami police chief John Timoney, have identified several factors contributing to the violence. Among them: More desperate offenders willing to target police; officers' inconsistent use of body armor. Some, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, have suggested that up to half of all police do not wear armor regularly, and offenders' access to high-caliber weapons.