National statistics hit home in the Pine Belt

National statistics hit home in the Pine Belt

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - There are constantly new reminders of the dangers faced by those sworn to "protect and serve".

Two Hattiesburg police officers are dead after being shot Saturday night during a traffic stop. This is the first time since 1984 that a Hattiesburg officer has been killed.

The slaying of the two officers has received national attention through twitter and various media outlets. In less than a week, four officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty. On Tuesday an Idaho police officer, Sgt. Greg Moore was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious man.

The day before, on Monday, New York City Police Officer Brian Moore died from a gunshot wound he sustained two days earlier when he attempted to question a suspicious person.

This all comes two weeks after Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect, and less than five months since two NYPD officers were shot and killed inside their squad car.

Nationwide, FBI statistics remind us policing is a dangerous job. As many as 70 officers have been ambushed and killed each year for the last 20 years.

According to Officer Down Memorial Page, so far for 2015, 10 officers have been killed by gunfire in the line of duty. That's 29 percent less compared to last year, but that's still 10 more lives lost while trying to protect and serve the public.