January 2015 was a good month for the law enforcement community. It was the first month since September 2011 that there were no felonious gunfire deaths of law enforcement officers in the United States. This is only the third month since 1985 in which no law enforcement gunfire deaths occurred. While this is good news for police, there are still too many line-of-duty deaths, many of which are preventable.
This August was a tough month for law enforcement officers. In a report released today, August was the second deadliest month of the year, with 14 police officers killed in the line of duty. In total, 76 law officers have fallen in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 2012. However, 2012 is still on track to be the safest year for police in 60 years. What's causing this shift?