Firearms kill most police officers who die on duty

The death of a Toronto police officer today, Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35, who was apparently run down by a crazed driver in a stolen snowplow, is a shocking, but relatively rare event. Statistics Canada figures (docs after the jump) on the deaths of police officers in the line of duty show that only a few are killed on the job, 125 in a 40-year span, and roughly nine out of every 10 police officers killed while on duty died at the hands of an assailant with a gun. Taxi driving is the most dangerous occupation in Canada, in terms of the risk of being murdered on the job.

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Cop killer Laurie Bell ordered back to prison

Laurie BellCop killer Laurie Bell (inset) lied about her ‘boy.’ Confronted by her parole officer with the allegation that she was secretly having an affair with a federal prison guard she met while behind bars in Edmonton, Bell “vehemently denied any involvement,” according to a parole board decision made April 3, 2009 (read the whole decision after the jump). The document explains the decision to throw Bell, who has been free on statutory release for a year, back behind bars. One tidbit of evidence: There were phone numbers for the prison guard in Bell’s cellphone listed under ‘my boy.’

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Cop killer's release revoked over prison guard affair

You heard it here first: The National Parole Board has revoked the release of cop killer Laurie Ann Bell [previous post]. She confessed to having an affair with a male prison guard that continued after she was released from prison. When she was first questioned, she lied to her parole officer and a parole supervisor,…

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How police officers die: Would Tasers save them?

Deaths of police officers, 1961-2005 by Rob On mobile? Click here to read document In the debate over Taser use by Canadian police, there’s a popular refrain from top officers: The Taser is too important to officer safety to be pulled off the street. Many top brass, like Calgary’s chief, have used this argument to…

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