Chiefs' statement on the Minneapolis officer shooting

For immediate release
Contact: Andy Skoogman
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On behalf of more than 300 police chiefs in Minnesota, we  send our collective well wishes to the Minneapolis police officer who was shot in Minneapolis this morning, and we hope for a fast and full recovery.

This shooting is yet another example of the dangers of being a police officer and a reminder of the courage it takes to put on a uniform and protect our communities with honor and professionalism.

In 2014, 126 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, including 15 who were killed in ambush assaults, according to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 200% increase from 2013. Overall, firearms-related incidents were the number one cause of officer deaths in 2014, with 50.  

We are proud of the thousands of law enforcement officers who selflessly prepare and train to effectively serve neighborhoods and cities across Minnesota, especially in these times when policing is under intense scrutiny and in a climate that appears to be growing more and more dangerous every day.