In early November of 2016, USA Today reported that the number of deadly police ambush cases was up a horrendous 167 percent over the previous year, and a month or so later, more such heartbreaking incidents had occurred. Organized anti-police movements and demonstrations had clearly inspired at least some of the attacks.

There is no reason to believe that this climate of anti-police sentiment is likely to end any time soon. Stay prepared, stay equipped and stay vigilant. Scroll through the gallery above to learn about nine police ambush cases that highlight lessons police officers must learn in order to survive.

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