The cost of preventing crime.
Crime prevention really comes down to teamwork. In order to really be successful, law enforcement officers must inform and engage the community to help prevent, solve and prosecute crimes. We need the help of the community. Programs such as neighborhood watch, DARE, Citizen Police Academies and other community initiatives are all designed to enhance that teamwork. Every day, each and every hour, there exist Law Enforcement officers throughout this country who are there working by protecting our communities. Others are working to investigate crimes that have occurred, and still others are working at ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.
The work can be dangerous. Recently the National Law Enforcement Memorial released the preliminary 2011 numbers of the Law Enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.. The numbers are not good. This past year has seen a 16% increase in the number of Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities. Whereas 2010 saw 153 officers killed, 2011 saw 177 officers killed.
The National Law Enforcement Memorial is a place where all Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty are honored. Located in Washington D.C. the memorial was dedicated in 1991 as the Nation’s monument to all Law Enforcement officers who have died serving their communities. Carved on the walls are the names of more than 19,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. History. This May the 177 officer’s who went to work protecting their communities and were killed doing so this past year will be added to the wall.
The cost of safety and preventing crime is high; the cost not to safeguard can sometimes be higher.
We all must work together to continue to make our communities safer. Safe for residents, visitors and safe for those who protect them.
Chief Gary MacNamara