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Topic - Craig Floyd
In a sharp break with previous trends, deaths in the line of duty suffered by police and other U.S. law enforcement personnel dropped to their lowest levels in 52 years during the first half of 2012, a report released Thursday stated.
Across the nation, 173 officers have died in the line of duty this year, up 13 percent from 2010, according to numbers as of Wednesday compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Deaths of police officers in the line of duty jumped 37 percent, to about 160, in 2010, according to numbers as of Dec. 28 compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that tracks police deaths.
"We're asking our officers to do more with less. We're asking them to fight conventional crime, and we're asking them to serve on the front lines in the war against terror," he said.
The research didn't reveal what led to many of the traffic deaths, partly because local departments often don't keep complete records those fatalities, Mr. Floyd said.