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Law enforcement community reflects on a deadly 2017
Source: NBC NEWS by Diana Marinaccio and Ari Melber
Date: December 28, 2017

When Louisiana police officer Shawn Anderson called his wife, Becky, on March 18, he said he had one more suspect to interview and would see her the next morning. But an hour later, a SWAT team arrived at Becky’s doorstep. They told her that her husband, an 18-year veteran of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's department, had been shot and killed responding to a call that night.

Number of officers killed hits 2nd-lowest in more than 50 years
Source: USA TODAY by Christal Hayes
Date: December 28, 2017

The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped sharply in 2017, marking the second-lowest toll in more than 50 years. As of Thursday, 128 officers have died in the line of duty this year, with 44 shot and killed. That's down 10% from 2016, when 143 officers died, with 66 gunned down, according to data released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit aimed at honoring officers and improving safety.

Gunfire Duty Deaths Down 33% in 2017
Source: Police Magazine
Date: December 28, 2017

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) is reporting that gunfire killings of law enforcement officers dropped more than 30% in 2017 compared to 2016.

Dramatic Drop in Police Officer Deaths in 2017
Source: U.S. News & World Report by Alexa Lardieri
Date: December 28, 2017

After three years on the rise, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty is close to a 50-year low.

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Image Courtesy of CNN
By Ed Lavandera and Jeremy Harlan, CNN

Police officer adopts homeless mother's opioid-addicted newborn

(CNN) Police officers will often tell you there's no such thing as a routine call when you're patrolling the streets.

But when Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets responded to a possible theft at a nearby convenience store, it had all the hallmarks of a mundane assignment he could quickly clear from the call log.

It didn't turn out that way.

As Ryan left the convenience store on September 23, he noticed out of the corner of his eye a couple sitting on the grass against a cement wall. It appeared the man and woman were shooting up heroin in broad daylight behind the convenience store.

Ryan turned on his body camera and approached the couple but he wasn't prepared for what he saw. The woman was in the middle of injecting a needle into her companion's arm. Then he noticed the woman was pregnant.

“It's not every day I see a sight like that and it just made me really sad,.” he told CNN.

Crystal Champ, 35, looked slightly dazed and agitated in the body camera footage as you hear Ryan begin to scold her. She told the officer that she was almost 8 months pregnant and addicted.<.p>

"You're going to kill your baby," Ryan is heard saying on the bodycam footage. "Why do you have to be doing that stuff?" It's going to ruin your baby."

"I was like how dare you judge me. You have no idea how hard this is," Champ told CNN. "I know what a horrible person I am and what a horrible situation I'm in."

'He became a human being instead of a police officer'

Ryan showed Champ a picture of his wife and four children, including a 10-month old baby and in that moment offered to adopt her baby.

Run for the Badge

Run for the Badge 2017

Thank you to all who joined us for the Run for the Badge on October 14th at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial! Your support for law enforcement and your participation and fundraising helps us honor the contribution and sacrifice officers make every day. All proceeds benefit the Memorial Fund.

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