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Number of Police Who Died on Duty Declines Nationwide

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via YellowBrix

December 29, 2009

Traffic fatalities fell to 56 from 71 a year ago, a drop the report attributes to new laws requiring drivers to change lanes when emergency vehicles are stopped by the side of the road.

Only Texas, Florida and California recorded more officer fatalities than Pennsylvania, which saw seven deaths.

Richard Poplawski, 23, who police say was heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest, has been charged in the slayings of the three city officers.

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Spurred by that incident, city police ordered high-powered rifles as an effort to boost patrol officers’ firepower, among other measures.

Ronald Robinson, 32, has been charged with killing Officer Crawshaw in Penn Hills.

Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said it is important to keep the number of law enforcement deaths in perspective.

“Take a look at how many police officers are out there every day dealing the public and walking into potentially hostile situations and survive,” he said. “You have to take a look at things.”

Chief Burton said the increase firearms deaths is a concern, and the number of fatalities statewide is an unfortunate anomaly.

“I pray that the downward trend continues,” Chief Bochter said. “But the only acceptable number of officers killed in the line of duty is zero.”

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump Jonas

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    What is most alarming is those who were killed by gunfire this year. Let's be our brothers keeper and watch their six!! God bless all and have a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    wildsoldier, one of the most sobering thoughts ever uttered in my opinion. Let's hope it just keeps dropping. Stay safe LEOs.

  • Family_005_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I agree with clobster, it's hard to believe with the recent slaughters in Washington. Hope the trend continues but also agree with 357magnum, one is too many!

  • Picture_008_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6 remember that........

  • Warrior_knight_max50


    over 4 years ago


    One is one too many. Always be alert, the threat exists on a daily basis!!!

  • The_wall_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The number of Officers who died in total, may have decreased, but, Firearms deaths are up and the number of multiple Officers killed in a single incident have increased. Accidental Officer Deaths are down and this is great. The danger still are out there, we must train to win.

  • Justice-400_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good to hear, but not the case here in Washington, where it has more than tripled.

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