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Officer Deaths Down Nationally And Throughout State

Last updated on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

(UNDATED) - The number of officers killed in the line of duty is down across the nation, and Indiana is no exception.

Only two police officers in Indiana lost their lives in 2008 while wearing the badge. Indiana State Police Trooper Daniel Barret was killed in January when he lost control of his cruiser and struck a tree while in a suspect pursuit and Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Sarah Haylett-Jones was struck by a car in October.

That's down considerably from the 7 lives lost in 2007 -- three of which were killed by gunfire.

Nationally, officer deaths are down 23-percent from last year and deaths by gunfire are down by 40-percent.

Officials with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund attribute the decline to a stronger emphasis on officer training, equipment, and procedures.

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