The last time the number of countrywide police line of duty deaths finished below 100 in a single year was 1944.
Police agencies around the country are trying to change that.
According to it’s website, the Below 100 initiative was founded in 2010 and “aims to reduce the line of duty deaths to below 100.”
“The Below 100 initiative started after some training,” Below 100’s Kimberly Schlau told WKZO in Michigan, where officers are taking notice of the new program. “They came up with these five basic rules: wear your seatbelt, watch your speed, what’s important now, complacency kills and wear your vest.”
Schlau got involved in the cause after two of her daughters were killed by an Illinois State Police trooper on his way to an accident scene. In 2010, she was invited by law enforcement agencies to use her experience to relate to officers the importance of using moire caution while on the job.
There have been an average of 150 officers killed per year in the last 10 years, according to Below 100.