Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crime Museum Partners With the Officer Down Memorial Page

February 15, 2012

Brotman•Winter•Fried Communications
Lisa Marie Czop
(703) 533-4837 or [email protected]

Crime Museum Partners With the Officer Down Memorial Page

Washington, DC – Today, the Crime Museum announced a new partnership with the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. (ODMP), as a new endeavor to honor our nation’s fallen heroes while offering new insight to the public on police statistics.

The Crime Museum and ODMP will collaborate to paint a picture of the danger that law enforcement officers face placing their lives on the line to solve and prevent crime. Starting in March 2012, ODMP will provide the museum with up-to-date police statistics, which will be released in a monthly report for the general public—increasing awareness of police activity and current developments. Data will highlight police death count and officers killed in the line of duty.

"Our partnership with the Officer Down Memorial Page is another exciting way for our museum to serve as an educational resource to the community,” stated Janine Vaccarello, COO of the Crime Museum. “We continue to search for new ways to educate and entertain the public on all things related to law enforcement and crime, and we believe that this relationship with ODMP will help us better complete that mission.”

In tandem with the monthly release of statistics, ODMP is also scheduled to launch a permanent exhibit within the museum in Summer 2012. The exhibit, located in the Fallen Heroes wing of the museum, will include a computer kiosk in which you can look up fallen officers.

"Our partnership with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is an exciting opportunity for ODMP to integrate the latest Internet technologies into an interactive museum setting,” states ODMP Executive Director Chris Cosgriff. “Our exhibit will educate the general public and future law enforcement officers to the amazing, and all too often tragic, sacrifice that law enforcement officers of all types make on a daily basis. By telling the stories of these fallen heroes, we are preserving their memories and ensuring they live forever."

To view the monthly statistics, visit

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

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


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

January 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

Fairfax, Va.- January 2012 saw a 17% decrease in line of duty deaths compared to the same period in 2011. However, with only one month of data, it is impossible to determine how this trend will hold for the remainder of the year.

Most notably, during this time period:

  • There were 15 law enforcement officer (LEO) deaths
  • Gunfire deaths dropped 30%
  • Two LEOs were stabbed to death
  • Four fatalities, or 30% of the total, were female LEOs
  • Puerto Rico had the most deaths, with two fatalities

The following charts are provided for reference and can be incorporated into any law enforcement training material, provided that ODMP is cited as the source.

Law Enforcement Deaths by State in January 2012

Not displayed: Puerto Rico had two (2) deaths

Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, January 2011 vs January 2012

Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths in January 2012

The data provided in this report is preliminary and subject to change based on final determinations of line of duty deaths.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Law Enforcement Safe Driving Symposium

Chris Cosgriff, ODMP's founder and executive director, will be participating in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Law Enforcement Safe Driving Symposium on February 9th and February 10th, 2012. Over the past 15 years, traffic related fatalities have been the leading single cause of law enforcement deaths. The purpose of this symposium is for leaders throughout law enforcement to address this major issue and turn this upward trend around.

Recommendations and findings that come out of this symposium will be made available to ODMP's visitors with the goal of reducing these preventable deaths.

Here is some more information about the symposium from our friends at FLETC's Driver and Marine Division:

On February 9th and 10th, the Driver/Marine Division (DMD) will host a lessons learned committee and will conduct presentations for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center staff, students and law enforcement professionals. On day one, the presentations will focus on law enforcement officer fatal motor vehicle crashes. During the past 13-years, motor vehicle crashes have been the leading cause of law enforcement officer deaths. In 2011, law enforcement officer deaths totaled 63 by gunfire and 58 by motor vehicle crashes. The first day presentations will focus on distracted driving and poor decision making as major contributing factors of law enforcement motor vehicle crashes. The presenters will discuss changes in driver training that have been made at FLETC and around the country to address the law enforcement officer fatalities.
The following day, the Driver and Marine Division will host a round table discussion and lessons learned symposium consisting of law enforcement executives and other professionals. The topic of conversation will be law enforcement distracted driving, the role of the administrator, training and awareness and how to address the growing problem of law enforcement motor vehicle crashes that result in injuries and/or fatalities. FLETC’s current training curriculum will be discussed, including the role of simulators in driver training. The main objective of this meeting will be the methods to better educate officers, agents and police administration on the serious issue of law enforcement distracted driving, reducing collisions and saving the lives of law enforcement personnel nationally.
In attendance will be several nationally recognized experts in the field of law enforcement driving, all of which are vocal advocates for the need to continually modify law enforcement driver training, in a constant effort to reduce the number of law enforcement related motor vehicle crashes. Among those attending will be:
Detective Kevin Navarro of the Dallas Police Department is also presently affiliated with A.L.E.R.T. International Standards and Training and serves as the Treasurer of that organization. Detective Navarro has been a highly successful law enforcement trainer for 13 years at the Dallas Police Academy where he develops curriculum and provides advanced instruction in topical areas including interviewing and interrogation, use of force, and general principles of criminal investigation. Detective Navarro is also a subject matter expert in the area of law enforcement driving.
Other executives and representatives from various public safety agencies will also attend.