Acknowledging an increase in law enforcement officer fatalities, Attorney General Eric Holder today began a law enforcement officer safety initiative. He directed every U.S. Attorney to meet with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials in their districts to ensure that federal resources are made available to help reduce officer deaths. Holder convened a meeting of law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C., to seek ideas for action to improve officer safety.
After a two-year decline in law enforcement fatalities, 2010 was one of the deadliest years in nearly two decades. This year, 27 law enforcement officers have been killed either by firearms or felonious assaults. Holder directed federal prosecutors to identify the “worst of the worst”–offenders with criminal histories who cycle in and out of jail and prison–and ask if any of them are eligible for prosecution, and possibly higher sentences, in federal court.