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Better defensive tactics and training helps curb police deaths


By Kevin Johnson
The USA TODAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new emphasis on defensive tactics and weapons training is contributing to a dramatic reduction in police officer fatalities across the country after one of the deadliest years in two decades, law enforcement officials say.

Fatal police shootings have been cut in half, to 11, compared with this time last year. Police deaths overall have declined 39%, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks the statistic.

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