4 Ohio officers killed by criminals in 2011

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Four Ohio police officers were among the 72 officers who were killed by criminal activity in the United States in 2011, new FBI statistics show.

Last year’s national number of police deaths was the highest since 1995, and the four killings in Ohio were the most in the state since 1997, the Dayton Daily News reported today.

The national numbers have risen from 41 in 2008 to 48 in 2009 to 56 in 2010. Of the 72 killings last year, records show 63 of them came by firearms, mostly handguns.

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims told the newspaper he is concerned about the rising numbers.

“Things are a lot different now,” Sims said. “It appears that people have less concern about taking the life of a police officer. There’s an increasing overall disrespect for laws and authority. It’s scary.”

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