MAP members are encouraged to send in nominations for the 2020 MAP Officer of the Year Award before the Oct. 1 deadline. The award recognizes fellow MAP members who have gone above and beyond the line of duty.

The Officer(s) selected to receive this award will be recognized at the MAP Executive Board Meeting in December 2020. Please download the nomination form for more information.

Line-of-duty deaths decline first half of year pending COVID-19 case verifications

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Once COVID-19 Law Enforcement Officer Deaths are officially confirmed, coronavirus could become the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for the first half of 2020, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum’s 2020 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report.

When the Mid-Year Report was released, line-of-duty deaths were 14 percent lower than the same time period in 2019. There were 65 line-of-duty deaths Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 compared to 76 in the first half of 2019, according to preliminary data reported.

The leading cause of deaths were firearms-related fatalities at 27, followed by traffic-related deaths at 26 and 12 officers who died from other causes, such as job-related illnesses.

While five COVID-19 related deaths were confirmed, another 53 cases are pending. Once confirmed, line-of-duty deaths could skyrocket up to 55 percent higher than mid-year 2019.

RECOGNIZING COVID-19-RELATED DEATHS

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recognizes that law enforcement officers on the front lines are highly vulnerable to contracting the COVID-19 virus. The Memorial Fund is encouraging law enforcement agencies to submit their officer COVID-19 related deaths so they can be properly recognized on the Memorial. Specific evidence is required to prove the officer’s death was more than likely as a result of a duty-related incident.

Click this link to complete a submission form and for more information. Click here to see some of the Law Enforcement Officers being recognized following their COVID-19 related deaths.

Excerpted from The Detroit News

Sterling Heights Police Officer Cameron Maciejewski saved the life of a 3-week-old girl who stopped breathing July 9, according to The Detroit News article.

Officer Maciejewski was the first to arrive at the home on the 36000 block of Waltham Drive. He spoke calmly to family members while he took the baby in his arms to assess the infant's condition. The officer quickly administered back thrusts, clearing the baby's airway before other officers and emergency personnel arrived on the scene to assist.

Click here for a video of the incident and complete The Detroit News article.

Excerpted from Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company has found a way to help Police Officers fight COVID-19 using software to bake the vehicle’s interior until the virus is inactivated.

The new heated software enhancement is being piloted and available immediately in 2013-19 Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company                                                                          Ford Motor Company has developed heat software to inactivate coronavirus in Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

“Vehicles from the 2013 to 2019 model years make up the majority of Police Interceptor Utility vehicles currently in use by first responders,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Delivering this new capability to these vehicles first allows us to help as many officers as possible, as quickly as possible.”

Ford engineers initiated a project to use heat to decontaminate vehicles in late March, working with researchers at The Ohio State University to determine the temperature and amount of time necessary to inactivate COVID-19.

“Our studies with Ford Motor Company indicate that exposing coronaviruses to temperatures of 56 degrees Celsius, or 132.8 degrees Fahrenheit, for 15 minutes reduces the viral concentration by greater than 99 percent on interior surfaces and materials used inside Police Interceptor Utility vehicles,” said Jeff Jahnes and Jesse Kwiek, laboratory supervisors at The Ohio State University department of microbiology.

Run for the Badge 5K, which is usually held in Washington DC, will be an exclusively virtual event this October in an effort to keep participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, the Oct. 10 run was going to be offered virtually as well as part of a 2020 National Police Weekend with in-rftb logo 2018 wrapperperson events. However, due to rising coronavirus cases, runners, walkers and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum supporters can participate from anywhere in the world.

Register today as an individual or create a 5K team to honor law enforcement. Gifts and prizes are available for individual and team fundraising.

While fundraising for Run for the Badge 5K is not a requirement, the goal of the event is to raise $100,000 to honor the fallen, tell the story of American law enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve.

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