Ambush Attacks Were the Leading Cause of Firearms-Related Law Enforcement Deaths in the First Half of 2013

According to preliminary data, gathered as part of our 2013 Mid-Year Law
Enforcement Fatalities Report
, 17 of the 51 law enforcement fatalities
recorded nationwide in the first half of 2013 were firearms-related—making it
the second leading cause of death so far this year. And, even more disturbingly,
the leading cause of these firearms-related fatalities was ambush-style
assaults, with seven officers killed at the hands in those circumstances. This
is the second year in a row in which ambushes were the leading cause of deaths,
a trend that we cannot afford to ignore.

Circumstances of Fatal Shootings: Mid-year 2013
The VALOR
program
was created to respond to this precipitous increase in ambush-style
assaults that have taken the lives of many law enforcement officers, providing critical
nationwide training and technical assistance to sworn state, local, and tribal
law enforcement officers. VALOR, through the Bureau of Justice Assistance,
offers free trainings to help agencies adequately prepare officers for the
threats they face while on duty.
Keep an eye out for upcoming VALOR trainings near you by
keeping up with our announcements on Facebook
and checking the VALOR website.
There are currently upcoming trainings in Minnesota and Massachusetts.