Monday, December 17, 2012

Updated for 2012: The deadliest days for cops are here

With the holidays fast approaching, it's time once again to remind all of our law enforcement officers that the three deadliest days LEOs face are right around the corner. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day are the three single days that the most LEOs are killed on throughout the year (with the exception of 9/11).

Day# LODDs
1. January 1st106
2. December 25th90
3. December 24th87

Whether you're facing a domestic disturbance call, suspicious person/vehicle, or responding to an emergency, it is imperative that you keep that heightened level of awareness this holiday season and always.

Never forget: Wear your vest. Wear your seatbelt. Slow down.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2013 Honor Guard Seminar Announced

Chris Cosgriff, Executive Director of the Officer Down Memorial Page, will again be presenting at the annual Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard Seminar, which will be held in June 2013. This 3-day seminar has taught dozens of Honor Guard units from throughout the United States and Canada the proper protocol for conducting a line of duty death funeral. The seminar culminates with a complete mock funeral to allow participants to practice in a real-world setting.

Please refer to the Fairfax Count Police Department's announcement for more information and registration instructions:

Some of the participants from a past seminar.
The Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard will be hosting a three day training seminar June 24, 25, 26th, 2013.  Attached is the seminar registration form and course outline for your review.  This will be our eighth seminar.  We have received very positive feedback from all attendees.

We have broken down the training into eight training stations (see attached) which we will rotate every hour and fifteen minutes.  We will have class room instruction on how to prepare a line of duty death Teletype Message (TTY), Honor Guard budget and equipment companies from which to purchase supplies.  Mr. Chris Cosgriff, the chair of the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) will give a presentation on ODMP on day one of our seminar.  Day three we will transport the class to a funeral home/cemetery to practice a mock line of duty funeral.

There is a small fee of $185.00 per student to support the costs of hosting the seminar.  Each student will receive a copy of our Honor Guard SOP’s.  We have been told our is one of the best written LE Honor Guard manuals most have ever seen.  We also will have a barbeque dinner on the first night which is included in the registration fee.

The class size is limited to forty-eight students and is on a first come first serve basis.  This class generally fills up in less than two months.  We are limiting the enrollment to four students per agency.  Preference will be given to out of state agencies and first time attendees.  Once we receive your registration form and payment I will send you an e-mail confirming your team members are enrolled.

Download the registration form here, or contact Lt. Ken Baine for more information:

Lieutenant Ken Baine
Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard Commander
3911 Woodburn Road
Annandale, Virginia  22003
703-449-7289
kenneth.baine@fairfaxcounty.gov

October 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1st, 2012

Fairfax, Va. - Eleven law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in October 2012, two fewer than were killed in September, but the fourth month in a row with double-digit deaths. In total, 101 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty since January 1st, 2012.

Most notably, in October 2012:

  • Eleven (11) law enforcement officers (LEOs) were killed, compared to seven in October 2011
  • Two LEOs were shot and killed, including one in a case of mistaken identity
  • Five LEOs were killed in vehicle collisions
  • One LEO was beaten to death
  • One LEO was fatally stabbed
  • One LEO died in a training accident
  • One LEO died of a heart attack
Details on every line of duty death in 2012 can be obtained at http://www.ODMP.org/search/year/2012

The following charts are provided for reference and can be incorporated into any law enforcement training material or media reports. Please cite ODMP.

Law Enforcement Deaths by State in 2012 YTD

Not displayed: Washington, DC, had one (1) death; Puerto Rico had four (4) deaths; Virgin Islands had one (1) death.




Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, 2012 vs 2011 YTD





Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths in 2012 YTD


The data provided in this report is preliminary and subject to change based on final determinations of line of duty deaths. Accurate as of November 1, 2012.


About the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)
ODMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering all fallen law enforcement officers by creating permanent online memorials, providing instant line of duty death notifications, and keeping cop-killers behind bars through its popular No Parole for Cop Killers initiative. With over 4-million unique visitors and 40-million page views annually, it is one of the most visited law enforcement web sites, and is referenced daily by law enforcement officers, leaders, and supporters nationwide. For more information, visit www.ODMP.org.


About the Crime Museum
The Crime Museum opened its doors in 2008 with a mission to educate and provide guests memorable insight into our Nation’s history of crime and judicial system. The museum examines law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime. The museum is filled with over 100 interactives and highlights a fundamental commitment to capture the audience through an entertaining and educational experience. The Crime Museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). Learn more at www.crimemuseum.org.

Monday, October 1, 2012

September 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1st, 2012

Fairfax, Va. - Thirteen law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in September 2012, the third month in a row with double-digit deaths. In total, 89 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty since January 1st, 2012.

Most notably, in August 2012:

  • Thirteen (13) law enforcement officers (LEOs) were killed, compared to 10 in September 2011
  • Four LEOs were shot and killed
  • Six LEOs were killed in vehicle collisions
  • Two LEOs suffered fatal heart attacks
  • One LEO was fatally stabbed
  • One female LEO was murdered in the line of duty
  • September is the first month in 2012 to have more deaths than the same month in 2011
Details on every line of duty death in 2012 can be obtained at http://www.ODMP.org/search/year/2012

The following charts are provided for reference and can be incorporated into any law enforcement training material or media reports. Please cite ODMP.

Law Enforcement Deaths by State in 2012 YTD

Not displayed: Washington, DC, had one (1) death; Puerto Rico had four (4) deaths; Virgin Islands had one (1) death.




Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, 2012 vs 2011 YTD





Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths in 2012 YTD


The data provided in this report is preliminary and subject to change based on final determinations of line of duty deaths. Accurate as of October 1, 2012.


About the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)
ODMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering all fallen law enforcement officers by creating permanent online memorials, providing instant line of duty death notifications, and keeping cop-killers behind bars through its popular No Parole for Cop Killers initiative. With over 4-million unique visitors and 40-million page views annually, it is one of the most visited law enforcement web sites, and is referenced daily by law enforcement officers, leaders, and supporters nationwide. For more information, visit www.ODMP.org.


About the Crime Museum
The Crime Museum opened its doors in 2008 with a mission to educate and provide guests memorable insight into our Nation’s history of crime and judicial system. The museum examines law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime. The museum is filled with over 100 interactives and highlights a fundamental commitment to capture the audience through an entertaining and educational experience. The Crime Museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). Learn more at www.crimemuseum.org.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Protecting the President: The Ultimate Sacrifice

Protecting the president is no small task. It takes tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and billions of dollars each year to ensure any president's safety.

The Secret Service is the elite agency tasked with the mission of presidential protection, but they couldn't succeed in that mission without the critical assistance of officers from local, state, and other federal agencies across the country. From providing motorcade escorts, traffic control, aerial support, and inaugural security, these officers step up to ensure nothing happens to the president in their towns.

And because of that fact, local, state, and federal officers are put in harms way. Nineteen law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty while assigned to presidential protection details or by offenders who planned to harm the president.

Officer Leslie Coffelt
One of the most widely known cases was the 1950 murder of Officer Leslie Coffelt, who served with the White House Police Force (the predecessor to today's Secret Service Uniformed Division). Officer Coffelt was shot and killed during a daring raid on the Blair House by Puerto Rican nationalists who were attempting to assassinate President Truman. Despite being mortally wounded himself, Officer Coffelt was able to return fire, killing one of the would-be assassins and effectively stopping the attack.

Officer Neal Ramsburg
A much lesser known assassination attempt that resulted in the murder of a police officer occurred on February 22, 1974, when a man attempted to hijack a plane at BWI Airport with the intent of flying it into the White House to kill President Nixon. Airport Police Officer Neal Ramsburg was fatally shot by the man as he attempted to stop the hijacking. Another police officer shot and wounded the suspect, who then committed suicide.

Incidents such as the Blair House attack and attempted hijacking are the exception, rather than the rule. The majority of officers who have fallen on presidential protective details have been killed in accidental situations: Motorcycle accidents, vehicle crashes, heart attacks, etc. And most weren't even Secret Service agents or officers. Of the 19 LEOs who have been killed, only six served with the Secret Service or White House Police Force.

We salute all the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to ensure our nation's presidents are always safe. We especially honor these 19 men who gave their lives doing so:

Operative William Craig1902-09-03Vehicle collisionT. Roosevelt
United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US

City Marshal R. S. St. Clair 1917-12-21GunfireW. Wilson
Malden Police Department, MO

Captain Edward J. Masterson 1922-07-04 FallW. Harding
Marion City Police Department, OH

Officer Edward Baerwald 1928-08-15 FallC. Coolidge
Wausau Police Department, WI

Officer William Flack 1928-11-01 Motorcycle accidentA. Smith *
Kearny Police Department, NJ

Inspector Phillip C. Via 1929-01-11 Motorcycle accident C. Coolidge
Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles - Enforcement Division, VA

Operative James A. Hollinger 1936-07-26 Heart attackF. Roosevelt
United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US

Operative August Adolph "Gus" Gennerich 1936-12-01 Heart attackF. Roosevelt
United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US

Officer Leslie William Coffelt 1950-11-01 GunfireH. Truman
White House Police Force, US

Special Agent Thomas B. Shipman 1963-10-14 Heart attackJ. Kennedy
United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US

Officer J. D. Tippit 1963-11-22 GunfireJ. Kennedy
Dallas Police Department, TX

Special Agent J. Clifford Dietrich 1973-05-26 Aircraft accidentR. Nixon
United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US

Officer George Neal Ramsburg 1974-02-22 GunfireR. Nixon
Maryland Aviation Administration Police Department, MD

Deputy Kevin D. Mathews 1992-03-06 Motorcycle accidentP. Tsongas *
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, FL

Criminal Investigator Manuel Zurita VII 1998-01-06 Boating accidentW. Clinton
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service - Office of Investigations, US

Detective John Michael Gibson 1998-07-24 GunfireW. Clinton
United States Capitol Police, US

Officer Jacob Joseph Chestnut 1998-07-24 GunfireW. Clinton
United States Capitol Police, US

Officer Steve Bastidas Favela 2006-11-26 Motorcycle accidentG.W. Bush
Honolulu Police Department, HI

Officer Germaine Casey 2007-08-27 Motorcycle accidentG.W. Bush
Rio Rancho Police Department, NM

Senior Corporal Victor Antonio Lozada Sr. 2008-02-22 Motorcycle accidentH. Clinton *
Dallas Police Department, TX

Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent 2012-09-09 Motorcycle accidentB. Obama
Jupiter Police Department, FL

* Presidential candidate

Editor's note: This article was originally published on the ODMP Blog on November 5, 2010. It was updated on September 10, 2012, following the death of Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, of the Jupiter (Florida) Police Department.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

August 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4th, 2012

Fairfax, Va. - Fourteen law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in August 2012, marking the second most deadly month of the year. In total, 76 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty since January 1st, 2012.

Most notably, in August 2012:

  • Fourteen (14) law enforcement officers (LEOs) were killed, compared to 15 in August 2011
  • Nine LEOs were shot and killed, the most in any single month in 2012
  • Two LEOs were killed in vehicle collisions
  • Two LEOs suffered fatal heart attacks
  • One LEO was killed in an airplane crash
  • There were two multiple-fatality incidents in which a total of four LEOs were slain
Details on every line of duty death in 2012 can be obtained at http://www.ODMP.org/search/year/2012

The following charts are provided for reference and can be incorporated into any law enforcement training material or media reports. Please cite ODMP.

Law Enforcement Deaths by State in 2012 YTD

Not displayed: Washington, DC, had one (1) death; Puerto Rico had four (4) deaths




Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, 2012 vs 2011 YTD





Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths in 2012 YTD


The data provided in this report is preliminary and subject to change based on final determinations of line of duty deaths. Accurate as of September 4, 2012.


About the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)
ODMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering all fallen law enforcement officers by creating permanent online memorials, providing instant line of duty death notifications, and keeping cop-killers behind bars through its popular No Parole for Cop Killers initiative. With over 4-million unique visitors and 40-million page views annually, it is one of the most visited law enforcement web sites, and is referenced daily by law enforcement officers, leaders, and supporters nationwide. For more information, visit www.ODMP.org.


About the Crime Museum
The Crime Museum opened its doors in 2008 with a mission to educate and provide guests memorable insight into our Nation’s history of crime and judicial system. The museum examines law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime. The museum is filled with over 100 interactives and highlights a fundamental commitment to capture the audience through an entertaining and educational experience. The Crime Museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). Learn more at www.crimemuseum.org.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1st, 2012

Fairfax, Va. - For the first time since January, line of duty deaths in the United States reached double-digits, with a total of 13 fatalities. As of July 31st, 62 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty, a 48% reduction over the number of line of duty deaths at the same time last year.

Most notably, in July 2012:

  • Thirteen (13) law enforcement officers (LEOs) were killed, compared to 16 in July 2011
  • Two LEOs were shot and killed
  • Eleven LEOs were killed in vehicle collisions
  • One female officer was killed in the line of duty
  • Texas became the state with the most line of duty deaths this year, with a total of six

The following charts are provided for reference and can be incorporated into any law enforcement training material or media reports. Please cite ODMP.

Law Enforcement Deaths by State in 2012 YTD

Not displayed: Washington, DC, had one (1) death; Puerto Rico had three (3) deaths




Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, 2012 vs 2011 YTD





Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths in 2012 YTD


The data provided in this report is preliminary and subject to change based on final determinations of line of duty deaths. Accurate as of August 1, 2012.


About the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)
ODMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering all fallen law enforcement officers by creating permanent online memorials, providing instant line of duty death notifications, and keeping cop-killers behind bars through its popular No Parole for Cop Killers initiative. With over 4-million unique visitors and 40-million page views annually, it is one of the most visited law enforcement web sites, and is referenced daily by law enforcement officers, leaders, and supporters nationwide. For more information, visit www.ODMP.org.


About the Crime Museum
The Crime Museum opened its doors in 2008 with a mission to educate and provide guests memorable insight into our Nation’s history of crime and judicial system. The museum examines law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime. The museum is filled with over 100 interactives and highlights a fundamental commitment to capture the audience through an entertaining and educational experience. The Crime Museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). Learn more at www.crimemuseum.org.