In a press release dated Monday, 27 December 2010 the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washigton DC reports that "The number of U.S. law enforcement fatalities spiked by 37 percent in 2010—an alarming increase that follows two years of declining deaths among our nation’s policing professionals".
A total of 160 federal, state and local law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 12 months ..."
Click here to read the entire press release.
From my 2009 National Police Week docu-project the above image was taken on 13 May 2009 and just before the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Though both years are still under construction, here is my 2010 National Police Week docu-project.
And here is my 2011 Photography Calendar of images from the 2010 National Police Week in Washington DC.