While law enforcement deaths are an unfortunate part of the career path., law enforcement line of duty deaths are increasing across the United States. In the past few years the law enforcement community has not been given support by community leader leading to the rise of attacks on law enforcement. More officers are killed in the line of duty by guns and traffic related accidents than any other circumstances. Depression and suicide are the leading killer of officers in the law enforcement community.
I’m not going to lie by saying that I am excited by this assignment. I have never been a big fan of the APUS Library but I understand why it is important to utilize it for information for our work. Never the less I will be using it and any other resource I can get my hands on to complete this task. I will most definitely be using Google Chrome for some of my searches. I am also going to utilize some of the training material used to teach our mandatory in-service training. The information from these in-service trainings are also cited and my topic has been of great concern now for the past few years. I know I sound like a Negative Nancy and I am sorry I am just ready to be finished with school and ready to move forward.
Some of my helpful hints that will aid me in my search for information is first to use a broad search approach use the least amount of words in the search bar and then add more towards your topic as needed. Next, I like to set up a page on Microsoft Word and just save URL’s to sources you want or are interested in using. You can add a title of the sources if you need to be reminded like me.
Topic: Law Enforcement Deaths
A. Causes of Death

Stress related to the occupation
Motor vehicle accidents
Use of force related incidents
Other deaths (still working on this one)

B. Officers murdered on and off duty

Effects on the community
Relationship between community leaders and growing crime trends against law enforcement

C. Preventive measures for law enforcement deaths

What can law enforcement do
What can community leaders do