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Deadly concerns for police

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - 2011 could be the deadliest for law enforcement. So far this year, 47 officers across the United States have been killed in the line of duty.

"We want to make sure everyone is safe and we will use every resource, every person, every piece of equipment available on any situation. It may be just one car, it may be 2 or 3 cars, it may be the SWAT team and negotiators. It could be a number of things, or possibilities. We are going to use every resource we need to take care of the job, take care of the situation and make sure everyone gets home, not just our guys, but everyone around." said Corporal Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department.

Corporal Neufeld reminds the public that officers have no idea what they could get into on any call.  For example, in November 1985, Sgt. James Mitchell was killed on his way home when he pulled over to check on victims of what he thought was a traffic accident. However, those involved were actually participating in illegal activity and shot Sgt. Mitchell. In the department's history, 12 officers have been killed while in the line of duty.

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