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.
By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University
K9 partners play a critical role in law enforcement agencies and are beloved members of the community. However, despite their value, there remains no consistent or accurate tool to report K9 duty deaths. As those in academics know, it is imperative to be able to gather reliable, verifiable, and credible data to analyze K9 duty deaths.