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On-Duty Deaths of Law-Enforcement Officers Up in 2016

A trio of motorcycle officers leads the funeral procession for a fellow  officer recently killed in the line of duty. (Hako/iStockphoto)
A trio of motorcycle officers leads the funeral procession for a fellow officer recently killed in the line of duty. (Hako/iStockphoto)
August 2, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY - The recent ambush attack that killed five Dallas police officers contributed to a spike in deaths of those across the country sworn to serve and protect their communities.

A biannual review from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows through July 20th, 67 federal, state and local officers had died on the job, an eight-percent increase from the same time period in 2015. The increase comes against a backdrop of high tension in some cities after high-profile, police-involved shootings.

Craig Floyd, president and CEO of the Memorial Fund said people need to work with law enforcement to build safer communities.

"Law enforcement is clearly focused on the top priority, which is where trust has been lost, to restore that trust, to strengthen the partnership between law enforcement and the citizens that they serve," he said.

Despite the rise in deaths in the first half of the year, the report said police fatalities have steadily declined in the U.S. in the past four decades. Statistics show that only one Utah officer, 45-year-old Douglas Barney, has died in the line of duty in 2016. He was killed in January in a shootout with a hit-and-run suspect in a suburb of Salt Lake City.

The Memorial Fund is building the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. Floyd believes once it's open in 2018, it will help bridge the gap by hosting conversations between police and community leaders.

"Together with these discussions that will occur there, with the learning that will occur in that museum, we'll do better as a profession, working with the community to keep America safe," he added.

Nationally, the report said 14 of the officers fatally shot were victims of ambush-style attacks.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service - UT