The average age of American police officers dying in the line of duty in 2020 is 42 years and 3 months. As I write this, 139 were male and 13 female. The average tour of duty was 16 years, 3 months.
Thirty-one law enforcement officers have been reported feloniously killed in 2020, according to the FBI. During the previous year for the same time period, 27 officers were feloniously killed.
At least seven were ambushed. The cause of death for 76 of them is listed as COVID-19 and 34 were killed by gunfire. Another 12 was by either vehicular assault or hit by a vehicle.
There are more than 800,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. On average, a police officer dies in the line of duty every 54 hours.
“These are troubled times for police officers and their families,” writes Ellen Kirschman, PhD, Police Psychologist. “…with an almost endless stream of bad press about law enforcement, along with unthinkable assassinations and ambushes, numerous anti-police protests, lethal mass shootings, and the increased threat of terrorism.”
Both Mainstream and Social Media appear hellbent on dishing out false information. Predictably, they’ve become “experts” at second guessing officers faced with making split second decisions. Here are facts generally ignored by news and propaganda organizations:
Over 96% of people killed by police force are armed with a weapon.
The demographic breakdown of people killed by police are 48% White, 24% Black, 17% Hispanic, Other 11%.
Police use force in .0361% of calls of service.
Police use of force statistics reveal officers were faced with making arrests 39%, disturbances 21%, and making traffic stops 14% of the time.
Sheriff Bill Waybourn, of Tarrant County, Texas echoes the knowledge of law enforcement leaders across the nation.
Most of the civil unrest, violence, and attempts to tear down monuments isn’t necessarily just about police reform. He believes that “we have a movement going on in the country that has been waiting for a moment such as this…”
“We have a group of people that are instigators that are trying to erase our history and change our culture, and I think they’re organized,” Waybourn told the Americans in Support of Law Enforcement.
Many police chiefs and organizations are noticing the “Silent Majority” of Americans coming out publically to defend law enforcement.
“For one, there are Back the Blue rallies that are starting to pick up,” said Sheriff Waybourn. “Go to them. Go to those rallies.”
“Number two is, start writing letters to the editor and say this national noise is nonsense…Go to city council meetings and commissioner of court meetings and say, ‘listen, we love our cops; don’t change anything.’”
“Start grass roots campaigns in your own neighborhoods to say that our police are good…. Buy their lunch, drop a covered dish off at the station and tell them you appreciate them.”
When marches and looting began earlier this summer, Tarrant County and Fort Worth were not immune. But police “took immediate action, and that stopped that,” Waybourn explained. “So we didn’t have any wide spread looting or fires or anything like that.”
What about the defund the police rhetoric coming from the political left?
“…straight out of the Marxist playbook 101. Get rid of your history, defund your police and then we get to start over and they get to shape what new law enforcement looks like…And, all the research into these people, what they say first of all is make outrageous statements in order to bring attention to it, thinking it’ll never happen, but if it does, it’s wonderful.”
Other ways to support police is by participating in their volunteer and education programs. Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out and Coffee With A Cop are some that come to mind.
Police initiatives such as Explorers or Cadets, Police Athletic Leagues, and citizen police academies (some specifically for youth), and mentorship programs in your area strengthens ties.
Many police agencies use social media to communicate with the public. Community members can also communicate with law enforcement through social media outlets.
1. Follow your local law enforcement agency on social media to stay aware of police events in the community, various crime and traffic alerts, and general information regarding the police department.
2. It’s easy to put together a plate of cookies or buy a dozen doughnuts from a local bakery and take them to your local police department.
3. If you see a police officer while you’re out for lunch or picking up coffee, pay for their order.
4. Some businesses and individuals have donated to local organizations that assists injured police officers or a police officer memorial. Others have created a framed certification of appreciation with employees and friends signing it for local police departments.
5. Help support your local florist or plant nursery by purchasing flowers or a planter to brighten up the police office or entry.
The Committee for Police Officers’ Defense (CPOD) is a nonprofit political organization focused on helping police officers fight against the continuing “War on Cops” by taking a strong political stance against politicians, activist judges, prosecutors, district attorneys and a host of others that work against our law enforcement.
“We need to show our federal representatives that the people in our towns and cities support our law enforcement officers,” said Committee for Police Officers’ Defense President James J. Fotis. “Many politicians seem to believe that the public does not stand with law enforcement, which is a false narrative being portrayed by much of the media.”
Officer Down Memorial Ride is an annual event bringing together hundreds of law enforcement motorcycle (and bicycle!) enthusiasts and supporters from around the country to pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes.
Over the last decade, they have raised $250,000+ to support Officers Down Memorial Page on the Internet. This year’s ride will be virtual on Saturday, September 19th, 2020.
Registering as a Spirit Rider allows support for this important event safely from wherever you are. All virtual riders receive an official ride shirt.
An exclusive ODMR graphic t-shirt
A custom blue line bracelet
Entry into the race day raffle featuring 50+ prizes
Officer Down Memorial Page
PO Box 1047
Fairfax, Virginia, 22038-1047
As the largest law enforcement memorial in the United States, ODMP preserves the memories of 24,000+ fallen officers in its online memorial and reflection pages. ODMP also honors fallen K9 officers, provides free resources to law enforcement agencies, and works to keep cop killers behind bars through its No Parole program.