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FBI figures show rise in number of law enforcement officers killed on duty

New FBI figures show a rise in the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 

The number of assaults on officers are high as well. 

Everyday, officers put their lives at risk when they get into their squad cars.

On Tuesday, 14 News spoke with one training Sergeant who remembers two friends lost in the line of duty. 

Henderson Sgt. Jeff Welch keeps these two etchings in his office as a memory and a reminder of just how dangerous his job is.

"I think about my fellow officers everyday that they go out," said Allen Schrecker with Henderson Police.

In Henderson, the number of assaults on officers were less than 10 last year, but in Evansville, there were around 80 and 17 assaults were reported in Owensboro. 

The attacks range from officers being kicked, punched, to spit on. 

It doesn't stop there. The new FBI numbers show 72 U.S. officers killed last year, up from 56 in 2010. 

"There are very few law enforcement officers in the U.S. and we're a big family. Even when an officer gets injured in California, it affects us here," Welch said.     

Just last week, an officer in central Kentucky was killed during a traffic stop. 

Henderson Police are training feverishly for dangerous situations putting in well over the 40 required hours a year. 

"This year we are averaging about 140 hours per officer," Welch said.

The department uses a simulator that shows real Henderson streets to train officers.

"Last month, we were doing ambushes from the vehicle. The past couple of years, we've had a couple officers ambushed outside their car, close to their car, and in the car," Welsh said.

Department officials believe this training is keeping assault numbers down and putting less names on memorial walls.

Of the 72 killings in the U.S. last year, 23 were in arrest situations, 15 were killed by ambush. 

Luckily in our area, an officer hasn't been killed in a number of years.

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