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Week 365
December 28, 2007
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2007: A Look Back

A Year In Pictures

Take a look back through some of the most compelling images and stories from 2007.

FireRescue1In this special year-end edition of the PoliceOne Newsletter, we take a look back at the news and issues that most impacted law enforcement in 2007.

We also pause to remember those officers who lost their lives, and look toward the year ahead.

Law enforcement leaders reflect on 2007

More Expert Commentary:

Betsy Brantner Smith:
In this season of gratitude, I'm grateful for…you!

Ken Wallentine: Top 10 legal issues in law enforcement in 2007
2007: In Memoriam...

The Top Stories of 2007

From the Virginia Tech shootings to a marked increase in officer deaths, 2007 was a tragic year for law enforcement — and for the country. Read through our archive of news reports for a glimpse at some of the top issues and incidents over the past year.

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Thoughts on Police Memorial Week 2007

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U.S. police fatalities spike in 2007

A police officer and another responder look at the wreckage of a Mass. State Police cruiser that was struck from behind by a tractor trailer in January 2007. Eighty-one LEOs died in traffic incidents this year. (AP Photo/Robert E. Klein)

WASHINGTON — A record number of fatal traffic incidents and a double-digit spike in shooting deaths led to one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers in more than a decade.

With the exception of 2001, which saw a dramatic increase in deaths because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 2007 was the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1989.

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Most Popular PoliceOne Articles of 2007

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PoliceOne Member Comments of the Year

PoliceOne members have plenty to say in response to our news stories, tips and articles. Here are a few of the most memorable comments from the past year:

"Revenge ain't so sweet when your butt's sitting in jail."

— Written in response to a S.C. woman crashing ex-boyfriend's patrol car as revenge for breaking up with her.

"Chased into the woods by a Chihuahua, egad!"
— Written in response to a Calif. news story of a fugitive who was nabbed by a three-pound dog.

"All cops should carry off duty for incidents like this one. At the very least to protect themselves and family from thugs that may hold a grudge against us for doing our job."
— Member comment in response to the Omaha mall shooting rampage.

"The problem will be dealt with in the usual way: the standards will just get lowered."
— Member comment in response to a story about a Texas officer who didn't pass a firearm test and was recently convicted of negligent homicide.

View the full list of P1's Top Member Comments of 2007

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