News yesterday that police fatalities across the pond rose by 13% in 2011.
This year, so far, 173 officers have died in the line of duty in the USA compared to 153 last year. Sixty-eight of those officers were killed by gunfire, this figure is up 15% on the year before.
Here in the UK we lost nine, only one, PC Ronan Kerr of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, was murdered, two were killed in road traffic accidents on duty, the others died of sudden illness or in accidents travelling to and from work.
Whatever the causes, it’s a sobering set of figures.