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Mike Williams' Local Cop News: 12.28.07

National: US Police Fatalities Spike in 2007. With the exception of 2001, 2007 was the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1989, according to preliminary data released jointly by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors. Of the 81 traffic deaths this year, 60 officers died in car crashes, 15 were hit by cars and six died in motorcycle crashes.

Related: 5 Arizona officers who have lost their lives during '07  

Related: A duty laced with danger. Increase of officer deaths in Texas, U.S. could signal crime trend

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deputy whose marked patrol car was stolen when he left it parked with the keys inside on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. 

Related: Police shoot man driving stolen L.A. County cruiserl

 Washington: Police deaths up sharply in 2007, groups find. Traffic accidents, shootings make up most of 186 recorded deaths.

Boston: Gunshot detection system alerts police to shooting outside bar

California: San Pablo police fatally shoot suspect.

Philadelphia: Police officer helps deliver Christmas baby

Detroit: Police sergeant's wife shot in CVS parking lot

West Virginia: Police charge woman with battery after she wipes nose on officer's shirt  

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