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Week 343
July 25, 2007
Editor's Note: In just the last six months, 101 officers have died in the line of duty, an increase of 31 compared to the same time last year, and not far from the total of 145 officers lost in all of 2006. It's easy to become worried and possibly even paranoid in the face of these alarming statistics, but as lead Street Survival Seminar instructor Dave Smith points out in his article below, the appropriate response is to redouble your efforts to stay tactically alert, to train and to remember that preparation, not paranoia, is the key to your safety and survival.

— Scott Buhrmaster, Managing Editor

A PA State Police squad blocks the entrance to the police barracks where a trooper committed suicide. Recent three-year statistics show that officer deaths by suicide are nearly triple that of those killed in the line of duty. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
For police, suicides all too common

WEST VIRGINIA — The suicide of West Virginia State Police Cpl. Marlo Gonzales is one of more than 1,300 law enforcement officer suicides since 2004, according to statistics by the National Police Suicide Foundation.

Gonzales shot himself with his service weapon inside his cruiser.

"Police are killing themselves two or three times faster than they are being killed," said Robert Douglas, director of the foundation and a former Baltimore police officer ... Full Story

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A dark, grainy video shows a California sheriff's deputy trying to detain a subject who's on the ground after a high-speed chase. He says to the suspect, "Get up! Get up!" Without another word, the deputy shoots him three times in quick succession.

With millions of others, you probably became a vicarious eyewitness when the scene was broadcasted over and over world-wide. Be honest, didn't it look like a slam-dunk case of egregious abuse of force? ... Full Story

Increase in officer deaths: Pattern or anomaly?
If you just got back from a long vacation and haven't heard the news yet, law enforcement is having a terrible year. Deaths are up 39% over last year and officers killed by assaults are on course to reach the terrible numbers we saw thirty years ago.

But what does this mean to you as you get ready to go on duty today, tonight, or are reading this from the terminal in you patrol vehicle? ... Full Story

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In today's tip, a P1 member advises us to remember an often ignored element of training that could make the difference between stopping a fleeing car safely and having an officer injured or killed ... Full Tip

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