Holidays mark deadliest period for law enforcement

Holidays mark deadliest period for law enforcement

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9:57 PM

MERIDIAN -- While many enjoy the holiday season, it's important to note that police officers risk their lives to make sure members of the public stay safe during this time.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day are the deadliest days of the year for members of law enforcement.

Officers with the Meridian Police Department say the statistics are due to a number of reasons, including more people on the roads, and more opportunities for physical and emotional confrontations.

Deputy Chief Tracey Basterrechea says many people are gathered together during the holidays, and there's often the added risk of alcohol. He says that makes for dangerous police work.

" ... Sometimes people don't understand a way an officer stands, or the distance an officer keeps, and those are all done for very very specific reasons and that's to keep our officers safe and to help keep the public safe," said Basterrechea.

He says the department's officers are extra cautious and aware of safety protocol when they work during the holidays.

"We emphasize officer safety through our training, to our officers on a very frequent basis and with these days coming up, we just remind them that they need to remain vigilant," said Basterrechea.

Meridian Police sent us statistics about the deadliest days.

The numbers are from the Officer Down Memorial Page, and they show that as of 2012, 87 officers have been killed in the line of duty on Christmas Eve, while 90 have died on Christmas Day.

The deadliest day of all? Records show that a total of 106 officers have died in the line of duty on New Years Day.

It's a hard reminder of just how dangerous these days can be for officers.

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