Monday, January 9, 2017

The Officer Down Memorial Page: End of Watch Report December 2016

In December 2016, seven law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, bringing the final yearly tally to 140 total.  Of the seven officers who died in December, three died as the result of gunfire, two died from car crashes, one died from a 9/11-related illness, and one died as the result of assault.  One of the officers who died in December 2016 was female and the remaining six were male.  Of the seven officers who died, five were in their 20s or early 30s and had served in law enforcement for one year or less.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one in December 2016.  Please take a moment to read the memorials of the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the line of duty in December 2016:

Trooper Frankie Lamar Williams
New Jersey State Police, NJ

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thomas
Valencia County Sheriff's Office, NM

Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr
Americus Police Department, GA

Public Safety Officer Jody Carl Smith
Georgia Southwestern State University
 Department of Public Safety, GA

Corrections Officer Lisa Mauldin
Miller County Sheriff's Office, AR

Lieutenant William G. Fearon
New Jersey State Police, NJ

Trooper Landon E. Weaver
Pennsylvania State Police, PA

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9th is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).  It's time to TAKE the L.E.A.D.!
Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and the sacrifices the men and women behind the badge continually make are encouraged to take time today to show their support.  There are a number of ways to show support and say thank you:
  • Change your profile picture on social media to the image above
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
  • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
  • Ask children to write letters in support of law enforcement
  • Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement 

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.

While we believe thanks and appreciation for America’s law enforcement should be given 365 days a year, we hope you will join us on January 9th in “Taking the L.E.A.D.” and showing your support for your local law enforcement officers.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

November 2016 Line of Duty Deaths Infographic

November 2016 saw 21 officers die in the line of duty in the U.S.  This infograph depicts the causes of death, locations, and other demographic info -- and reminds us of the sacrifices made by the men and women behind the badge every day.

Read our November End of Watch Report for more information or visit ODMP for full incident details on each of these LODDs.