Mollie Halpern: An FBI report shows that 72 law enforcement officers made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States and Puerto Rico in 2011.
David Cuthbertson: We had 16 more officers die in the line of duty than we did in 2010.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau and this is FBI, This Week. Most of the officers were killed with firearms during arrest situations. Their average age was 38 and they had served for about 12 years at the time of their deaths. David Cuthbertson is the Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division…
Cuthbertson: The LEOKA report provides us a somber reminder that every day thousands of law enforcement officers are on the street protecting us against criminals. That protection does not come for free—it does come at a cost.
Halpern: The FBI uses the report to form the basis of our officer safety awareness training courses.
Cuthbertson: In the last four years, the FBI has provided the officer safety awareness training courses to over 54,000 public safety professionals…in the U.S. and abroad.