Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ambush Attacks Were the Leading Cause of Firearms-Related Law Enforcement Deaths in the First Half of 2013

According to preliminary data, gathered as part of our 2013 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report, 17 of the 51 law enforcement fatalities recorded nationwide in the first half of 2013 were firearms-related—making it the second leading cause of death so far this year. And, even more disturbingly, the leading cause of these firearms-related fatalities was ambush-style assaults, with seven officers killed at the hands in those circumstances. This is the second year in a row in which ambushes were the leading cause of deaths, a trend that we cannot afford to ignore.

Circumstances of Fatal Shootings: Mid-year 2013

The VALOR program was created to respond to this precipitous increase in ambush-style assaults that have taken the lives of many law enforcement officers, providing critical nationwide training and technical assistance to sworn state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. VALOR, through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, offers free trainings to help agencies adequately prepare officers for the threats they face while on duty.

Keep an eye out for upcoming VALOR trainings near you by keeping up with our announcements on Facebook and checking the VALOR website. There are currently upcoming trainings in Minnesota and Massachusetts.

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