Since the City of Boston started the country’s first police department in 1838, more than 21,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. In Michigan last year, seven law enforcement officers were among the 148 men and women who died. One officer died on her first day on duty and another died on the day he was to retire.
Midland Police Chief Clifford Block said there was a disturbing trend last year, an increasing number of police officers killed in an ambush. Block said there’s a nationwide effort to reduce the number of officers killed on duty. The campaign is called “Below 100”, an effort to keep the number of officers making that ultimate sacrifice, under 100, for the first time since 1944.
As Midland officers and Midland County Sheriff deputies head to their patrol cars a sign on the door says “Not Today,” reminding them to be careful.