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FINAL TOUR: January 2017

Feb 10, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Thirteen officers were lost during January, 2017, a dramatic increase over January of 2016, when five officers were lost, but equal to the January loss in 2015. Of those lost last month, six died in vehicle-related incidents, five were killed by gunfire (one from an incident 31 years prior), one officer died as the result of a 9/11-related illness and one officer succumbed to a heart attack. A summary of each loss is provided below, followed by ... Full Article »

Final Tour: December & 2016 in Review

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Seven officers died during the month of December and, while no line-of-duty loss is ever acceptable, the loss of seven is something of a respite after losing three times that many in November. That made November the deadliest single month seen in this country in more than five years. Of the seven officers lost last month, three were killed by gunfire, two died in vehicle crashes, one was assaulted and one succumbed to 9/11-related illness. The De... Full Article »

Final Tour: November 2016

Dec 01, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Twenty-one officers died in the line of duty during the month of November, making this the single deadliest month in more than five years and the deadliest November in more than 20 years. The loss of these officers brings the number of fallen officers during 2016 to 133, a rate of loss that is 13% greater than this same time last year. But this year is significantly different than what we what we’ve seen the past few years because of a dramati... Full Article »

Final Tour: October, 2016

Nov 03, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Dale Stockton

Seventeen officers were lost last month, the second worst month in all of 2016. Only July, when five Dallas PD officers were gunned down, has been more deadly. Our 2016 line-of-duty losses stand at 111 as we end the month of October. Of those, 46 have been lost in vehicle-related incidents, 48 to gunfire and 17 to other causes. We’re slightly higher (5%) than where we were at the end of October, 2015. The summary of October losses will be foll... Full Article »

A Deadly End to Summer

Oct 03, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Fifteen officers were lost during the month of September. Eight officers died in vehicle-related incidents, three were killed by assailant gunfire, two succumbed to heart attacks, one was stabbed, and one drowned during training. The loss of these officers brings the total loss for 2016 to 94. Now three-fourths of the way through the year, we’re running five percent lower than the losses at the same time last year. So far this year, 40 officer... Full Article »

Final Tour: A Deadly Summer Continues

Sep 01, 2016 in Uncategorized
By: Dale Stockton

Ten officers were lost during the month of August, exactly half the loss that was sustained in July. Five officers were lost to gunfire and five died in vehicle-related incidents. The loss of these officers brings the total loss for 2016 to 79. Now eight months into the year, we’re 7% lower than this same time last year. Thirty-seven officers have died as the result of assailant gunfire during 2016, with more than one third (13) of them happen... Full Article »

Final Tour: July 2016

Aug 02, 2016 in Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Dale Stockton

Twenty officers died in the line of duty during the month of July, making this the deadliest July in more than a decade. The loss of these officers brings the number lost in 2016 to 70. Now seven months into the year, we’re at the same rate of overall loss that we were this same time last year. However, this year—and especially this month—the stats are dramatically different than what we saw last year because of the spike in gunfire deaths... Full Article »

Deadliest July in a Decade: Gunfire Deaths Up 90%

Jul 21, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Dale Stockton

We’re now three weeks into July and the month has already become the deadliest July in more than a decade. We’ve lost 18 officers thus far and you have to go back to 2004 to find a worse July. It’s notable that in July of 2004 we lost 22 officers but “only” five were due to assailant gunfire. The vast majority were vehicle-related incidents. Of the 18 officers who have died so far this month, 11 have died as the result of gunfire. In t... Full Article »

Final Tour: June 2016

Jul 01, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Dale Stockton

Eleven officers died in the line of duty during the month of June, making this the deadliest June in the last four years. The loss of these officers brings the number lost in 2016 to 51. Now halfway through 2016, this number is both tragic and encouraging. It’s tragic because there are 51 families and organizations which have lost a loved one and an officer. It's difficult to even comprehend the magnitude of their loss and we must honor and r... Full Article »

Final Tour: May 2016

Jun 02, 2016 in Uncategorized
By: Dale Stockton

Seven officers died in the line of duty during the month of May, bringing the total loss for 2016 to 39. Although the loss of these officers was the ultimate tragedy for their families and agencies, May has historically been much deadlier for law enforcement. Ironically, the same month we pause to honor our fallen has often seen the highest level of loss. In both 2013 and 2014, May was the deadliest month during the entire year. In 2015, May was... Full Article »

Final Tour: April 2016

May 02, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Two officers died in the line of duty during the month of April, bringing the total loss for 2016 to 32. Although the loss of these two officers was the ultimate tragedy for their families and agencies, losing “only” two officers in the course of an entire month has only happened once before over the course of more than 100 years. So far in 2016, 16 officers have been killed by assailant gunfire, 13 have died in vehicle-related incidents, on... Full Article »

Final Tour: March 2016

Apr 01, 2016 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Sixteen officers died during March, a dramatic jump that exceeds the loss during the previous two months of 2016. Ironically, we also lost 16 officers during March of 2015 and 2014. Of the officers lost last month, ten were the result of vehicle-related incidents, four were killed by felonious gunfire, one by accidental gunfire and one succumbed to a heart attack. As we close out the first quarter of 2016, we have lost a total of 30 officers –... Full Article »

Final Tour: A Deadly February, 2016

Mar 01, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Ten of our fellow officers lost their lives during the month of February, bringing the total loss for 2016 so far to 14. This is a dramatic uptick from the four officers lost in January but we must put things in perspective: before this year the average loss (over a 20-year period) for the month of January was 15 alone. What is most significant and should be of concern to every officer is that nine of the ten deaths in February were due to hostil... Full Article »

LPR: Preventing Problems & Making the Best of It

Feb 25, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Tech & Technology
By: Dale Stockton

License plate reader (LPR) technology has definitely been a game-changer for law enforcement, proving invaluable in both patrol and investigative efforts. When combined with effective analytics, LPR is capable of ferreting out suspects in crime series and closing previously unworkable cases. However, as noted in a previous article on LPR, the technology has been in the crosshairs of civil liberty advocates who claim LPR is unnecessarily invasive ... Full Article »

Final Tour: January 2016

Feb 01, 2016 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Uncategorized
By: Dale Stockton

Four of our brother officers lost their lives during January, an absolute tragedy for their families and departments. In the aggregate, however, it marks a notable improvement over any January we’ve seen in more than 50 years. In fact, only once in the last 20 years have we seen a single digit level of loss in January and that was 2013 when eight officers died. Particularly notable is that the first month of the year is often one of the more de... Full Article »

Final Tour: December 2015

Jan 05, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Dale Stockton

A total of 129 officers were lost in 2015 according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP.org). That’s four less than were lost in 2014. Of those who died last year, 50 were lost in vehicle-related incidents, 39 to gunfire, and 40 to other causes, the majority of which have been duty-related heart attacks, 9/11 related cancer or duty-related illness. Included in this “other” classification are six bomb-related deaths from a single inciden... Full Article »

Final Tour: November 2015

Dec 02, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Dale Stockton

With one month remaining in 2015, the line of duty death toll now stands at 116. Of those, 47 have been lost in vehicle-related incidents, 37 to gunfire, and 32 to other causes, the majority of which have been duty-related heart attacks or illness. We’re slightly lower (4%) than where we were at this time last year. Eleven officers died during November. A summary of each loss is provided below, followed by information on LODD trends that every... Full Article »

Final Tour: October 2015

Nov 03, 2015 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dale Stockton

Our 2015 line-of-duty losses stand at 105 as we end the month of October. Of those, 42 have been lost in vehicle-related incidents, 32 to gunfire and 31 to other causes, the majority of which have been duty-related heart attacks or illness. We’re slightly lower (5%) than where we were at this time last year. The summary of October losses will be followed by information on LODD trends that every officer and trainer should review. Each of you ca... Full Article »

Final Tour: September, 2015

Oct 01, 2015 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Training
By: Dale Stockton

Now, nine months into 2015, we have suffered 98 line-of-duty deaths. Of those, 39 have been lost in vehicle-related incidents, 29 to gunfire, and 30 to other causes, the majority of which have been duty-related heart attacks or illness. We’re slightly ahead (2%) of where we were at this time last year. The summary of September losses will be followed by must-know information on LODD trends and what you can do to make a difference. Simple chang... Full Article »

Final Tour: August 2015

Sep 01, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Dale Stockton

As August comes to a close, we have suffered 82 line-of-duty police deaths thus far in 2015. Of those, 35 have been lost in vehicle-related incidents, 23 to gunfire and 24 to other causes, the majority of which have been duty-related heart attacks or illness. We’re slightly lower (2%) than the same time last year but that won’t ease the pain of those who have lost a loved one. Details on August Losses August was a deadly month for law enfor... Full Article »