Thursday, February 7, 2019

End Of Watch Report January 2019

[Image: Infograph showing 10 line of duty deaths in the U.S. in January 2019, an 11% increase over this time last year]

In January 2019, ten officers across the United States gave their lives in the line of duty.  Of those ten officers, four were killed in auto-related incidents (two struck by vehicle, one vehicular assault, one auto crash), four died as the result of felonious gunfire, and two died from heart attacks.  Nine of those officers were male and one was female.  January's LODD total is 11% higher than January of last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies that lost a loved one to a line of duty death last month.  Please take a moment to read each of their memorials and remember the fallen.
Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners
Provo Police Department, UT

Police Officer Dale James Woods
Colerain Township Police Department, OH

Police Officer Clayton Joel Townsend
Salt River Police Department, Tribal Police

Police Officer Natalie Becky Corona
Davis Police Department, CA

Trooper Christopher Lambert
Illinois State Police, IL

Sergeant WyTasha Lamar Carter
Birmingham Police Department, AL

Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman D. Merkel
U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy Sheriff Ray Elwin Horn III
Comal County Sheriff's Office, TX

Police Officer Sean Paul Tuder
Mobile Police Department, AL

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Bryan "LJ" Ryer, Jr.
Glascock County Sheriff's Office, GA

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Updated ODMP Subscription Features -- Sign up today!

Image of ODMP "Sign Up for an ODMP Account" page on the website, found under the "Get Involved" drop down

This week, the ODMP website rolled out several new features in order to maintain a respectful atmosphere within our Memorial & Reflection pages.

Being an ODMP subscriber has always provided our supporters with specific benefits by enabling them to:
  • Manage subscriptions to ODMP's LODD notices, No Parole notices, EOW report, monthly newsletter, and more
  • Add fallen officers and K9s to a personal "My Heroes" page for quick access to their Memorials
  • Save a customized Reflections signature and go through a quicker Reflections review process

New features will also enable subscribers to:

  • View, edit, or delete past Reflections left for any officer
  • See their "My Heroes" page directly on the main ODMP homepage
The main ODMP homepage will feature a "My Heroes" section for all logged-in subscribers

Due to a noticeable increase in abuse by anti-police visitors, however, we've implemented several new steps to prevent negative and hateful messages from being posted as Reflections on Memorial pages or being mailed to agencies following line of duty deaths.

The most significant change will be a requirement to be logged in to view agency contact information or to leave an immediate Reflection. Visitors who would prefer not to create an account, but still wish to leave a Reflection, will have to go through a separate, one-time email verification process before Reflections are reviewed and posted to memorials.

Users can manage their profiles by clicking on "My Account" in the ODMP top-level menu bar

We encourage all our supporters to subscribe to ODMP in order to have access to the full array of features on our site, and we're confident that these new steps will enable us to maintain ODMP's Memorial & Reflection pages with a more respectful atmosphere and to prevent negative messages from being sent to agencies who have lost officers to line of duty deaths.

If you have questions about subscribing to ODMP, please email us at [email protected].

Monday, January 7, 2019

End of Watch Report December 2018

In the final month of 2018, a total of ten law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the U.S., bringing the annual total to 148 fallen officers.  Of the ten officers who gave their lives in December, half were the result of auto-related incidents: one vehicle pursuit, one auto crash, one ATV crash, one vehicular assault, and one struck by vehicle.  Two officers died in December 2018 after being struck by a train.  The final three line of duty deaths last month were the result of gunfire.

At the end of 2018, line of duty deaths annually were up by 6% over 2017, but it should be noted that 2017 had the second lowest number of line of duty deaths in the last decade.  The 2018 LODD total is the second lowest annual total in the last five years, and the third lowest since 2010. We are hopeful that this downward trend continues.

The Officer Down Memorial Page offers our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in December 2018.  Please take a moment to read their memorials and remember the fallen:

Sergeant Matthew Troy Moreno
Las Animas County Sheriff's Office (CO)

Police Officer Jermaine Brown
Miami-Dade Police Department (FL)

Sergeant Benton Hurley Bertram
Charlestown Police Department (IN)

Police Officer Edgar Isidro Flores
DeKalb County Police Department (GA)

Police Officer Jason Quick
Lumberton Police Department (NC)

Police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo
Chicago Police Department (IL)

Police Officer Conrad Charles Gary
Chicago Police Department (IL)

Detective Deidre Irene Mengedoht
Louisville Metro Police Department (KY)

Corporal Ronil Singh
Newman Police Department (CA)

Police Officer II Michael Wayne Smith
Henry County Police Deparment (GA)