"Trenton gun violence empowered by mass police layoffs leaves 120 people shot in 6 months" as published by The Trenton Times on July 8, 2013 is a tragic commentary on the negative consequences of diminishing law enforcement resources for American communities.
Parenthetically, a recent published report held this title: Police Fatalities jump 37 percent in 2010...
“127 federal, state and local officers have died on the job so far, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported — 23 percent fewer than the 165 who were killed last year.Firearms-related deaths fell to 49 this year, the memorial fund reported — down a third from 72 last year and even below the 10-year average of 57 from 2001 to 2010.Traffic-related incidents remained the biggest hazard, however, as they have been nearly every year since the late 1990s. But they, too, fell significantly, from 60 last year to 50 this year.The NHTSA and the memorial fund launched their own Officer Safety Initiative in August 2011, funding research and public information campaigns around police safety in traffic-related incidents.A breakdown for 2012 wasn't reported, but the campaign noted that 42 percent of officers killed in auto crashes over the last 30 years weren't wearing safety belts. It said nearly all those deaths were preventable.”
“Fourteen officers died from job-related illnesses, which includes heart attacks. Five officers were fatally stabbed and three officers fell to their deaths. Two officers were killed in a helicopter crash, two were beaten to death, one died in an airplane crash, and one died in a boating incident.”
“51 Law Enforcement Fatalities Nationwide in the First Half of 2013:Firearms-related fatalities decrease to a 57-year low and traffic-related fatalities hit a 34-year low”
Thanks to each of you...W..., Michael, J..., for your insightful comments and professional replies.
“My July 9, 2013 blog highlights serious issues in Trenton, NJ with 120 people shot in 6 months”
“…and refers to a previous December 30, 2010 blog expressing a concern of diminishing law enforcement resources. Essentially, this is the heart of my concern as memorialized in the post, ‘America must not allow its communities and honorable law enforcement profession to be victimized by this current trend of layoffs. There is a way to be financially sound without undermining what is critical to the very heart of our communities and the nation itself: public safety.’"
“Although past statistics are noted, my post is not meant to be purely statistical; that is for statisticians whose insights are appreciated, but to evoke insightful responses on the complexity of the issue and possible solutions."
UPDATE 23 July 2013: He countered, in part, as follows:
Although we differ in opinion and style, it is important that professionals always apply ethical standards that are respectful toward others without being judgmental, uncharitable or aggressive in tone.
In my opinion, dignity, courtesy and the ability to disagree, collaborate and educate without being disagreeable are the hallmarks of a true professional and educator.
FINAL UPDATE 23 July 2013: The author and I resolved the friction caused by our differences in opinion and style in an off-line communication. All is well.