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Brown: Keeping Law Enforcement Officers Safe

Toledo Press – Ohio’s law enforcement officers make great sacrifices to keep our communities safe. Now, it’s time to make sure that America’s public servants have the resources to remain safe from the innumerable threats they encounter while on patrol. A new proposal would quickly alert the public in the event that a police officer is feloniously attacked while on duty.

This is one modest investment we cannot afford to ignore.

During National Police Week, communities across Ohio and throughout the United States commemorate law enforcement officials who have died while on duty. Their families, of course, live with their loss every day.

According to the most recent FBI data available, 48 law enforcement officials across the United States were killed in the line of duty in 2009. More than 57,000 were assaulted while on the job.

A mother of two young sons, who I recently met in northeast Ohio, is leading an effort to reduce the number of law enforcement officials who make the ultimate sacrifice. Sara Winfield’s husband, Brandy, was shot and killed while on duty as a Marion County Sheriff Deputy.

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