I received some information recently from MADD concerning law enforcement officers that was most disturbing. While I knew that many officers are killed each year in the line of duty, I had no idea that so many of these deaths were caused by car crashes. On average, according to Laura Dean-Mooney, who serves as president of MADD, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours. She says the leading cause of death is car crashes. I thought guns would have been the biggest problem. Last year, the number of officers killed in traffic crashes accounted for almost half of all deaths in the line of duty. While that number was 21% less than the previous year, it’s still a high number.
I have always believed that people should strongly support the law enforcement community in every possible way. Officers put their lives on the line daily for the public and that’s very important for each of us. Proper funding of law enforcement at every level is essential and that should be a top priority for our elected officials. I wonder how my GOP buddies react to their elected officials, who talk about strong law enforcement but refuse to properly fund law enforcement programs. That’s especially true when it comes to providing funds so that adequate personnel and equipment are available to get the job done. Also, low pay scales must be raised for those officers already working on a daily basis to protect folks. Hopefully, we will see more “walking the walk” instead of just “talking” about supporting law enforcement in the future.
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