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Law Enforcement Fatalities On The Rise

This week is National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.Clearwater County Sheriff Daren Halverson joined us recently on KKCQ and provided some statistics. Halverson said law enforcement fatalities are up 39% from a year ago. There have been 50 so far this year, compared to 36 last year. This year 16 of the fatalities were the result of officers being shot, 22 were traffic related and 12 were listed as other causes. Sheriff Halverson lists two of the most dangerous calls for officers.

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Halverson said besides fatalities, something people may not think about is assaults on officers. There are over 50,000 assaults annually resulting in 14,000 injuries to law enforcement.

The national media's negative portrayal of law enforcement does not help matters but Sheriff Halverson is hopeful the current climate and people's views of law enforcement can change.

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Special ceremonies were held this week regionally and throughout the country to honor fallen peace officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting their communities.