Why The Gloom?

Recently, a person asked me why I’ve posted information about officers who have been killed in the line of duty. It’s a good question and one that I can readily answer.

Most people are surprised to find out just how many officers are killed while working as peace officers. You can go to the Officer Down Page to view more information or the Law enforcement Officer Memorial Page on this subject. The numbers represent those under United States jursidiction who have been killed. If those of you from other countries know of sites for your respective countries, please send them to me and I will gladly post those as well.

Each May, we take time to remember those law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The reality is that their families must go on without their son, daughter, husband, wife, partner, mother or father every single day. Unfortunately, I have seen first hand how terrible and lasting this loss is. It is a grief that is constantly brought to mind when one views another person in uniform, looks at a police car, hears about a police news item and on and on.

It is fitting and appropriate that each person who sacrifices their life for the safety for others is remembered and recognized for their dedication and sacrifice. It is appropriate for us to remember them as well as those who continue to serve in our thoughts and prayers.

It is unfortunate that these entries appear with some frequency. I would encourage you to go to the Officer Down Page and leave a note of thanks and encouragement to the friends and family of the fallen officer. It really means a lot to the families.

About Gary Smith

Chief Smith has served over 31 years in the criminal justice field. He is currently a consultant assisting public and private organizations better establish community goals and ethical conduct with the members of their organizations. Chief Smith serves as a facilitator, lecturer, professor and other capacities both inside and outside the criminal justice field.
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