WESTERN ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton|
The large crowds this past weekend brought large amounts of litter to the Walnut Access Area. Officers will be watching and assessing maximum fines for those caught trashing the area.
A good number of snagging violations have been found over the past few weeks with area officers working around the clock and on top the problem. A substantial amount of fines have been assessed already this year for snagging and attempted snagging situations.
Update on PFBC Infrastructure Funding from Dennis Guise Deputy Executive Director, PFBC:
The Fish and Boat Commission supports legislation to devote a small portion of state revenue from landfill tipping fees to the construction and rehabilitation of state infrastructure operated and maintained by our agency and the Game Commission. This is a far-sighted approach that would provide funds to meet the need to upgrade state fish hatcheries and rehabilitate state dams. The Commission is grateful for the support of legislators and sportsmen who are keeping this important concept on the front burner. For more information on infrastruction funding through the new Conservation Heritage Account see Tipping Fee Legislation Pending in State House of Representatives
CENTRAL COUNTY, DWCO Bryan Brendley
Sacrifices Made in the Line of Duty:
Seventy-seven state and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during the first six months this year, according to preliminary numbers recently released jointly by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). This represents roughly a 10 percent increase from the 68 officers who lost their lives during the same period a year ago. Over the last 10 years, an average of 166 officers have died annually. "While the number of police deaths is staggering, the most tragic part of the story is the family left behind," observed COPS President Linda Hintergardt Soubirous. "They need and deserve the prayers and support of their community and their country during this very difficult time in their lives."
"I am troubled by the increasing loss of life represented in these numbers," said NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd. "Despite all that is being done to make policing safer, including better training and use of the best equipment available, we are still seeing a very alarming rate of fatalities among our law enforcement professionals."
Of the 77 officers, 33 were shot, 23 died in automobile accidents, seven were struck by automobiles while outside of their own vehicles, five officers succumbed to job-related illnesses, two died in motorcycle accidents, two officers were beaten to death, one officer was killed in an aircraft accident, one officer drowned, one officer was electrocuted, one officer was stabbed, and one officer fell to his death.
California was the deadliest state for law enforcement officers with nine deaths during the first six months of 2003. Georgia ranked second with seven fatalities, followed by Virginia with six fatalities, and Florida, Illinois, Louisiana and Texas with four fatalities each. Four of the officers that died during the first half of the year were women.
"We must never forget those 77 courageous officers who sacrificed their lives for their community and country," declared Mr. Floyd. "We owe all of them and their families a huge debt of gratitude."