(KMOV) – The number of law enforcement officers who have been killed on-duty has increased sharply in the last year-and-a-half.
Nationwide in 2010, the number of officers killed on the job spiked 40 percent.
Here in St. Louis, U.S. Marshall John Perry was killed earlier this month as he and other officers tried to arrest a suspect on outstanding warrants.
On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with law enforcement from around the county to figure out how to turn around the dangerous trend.
Holder announced the Law Enforcement Safety Initiative, and he wants every attorney general from every state to meet with their local law enforcement.
"We're especially concerned about the growing number of officers killed by firearms,” says Craig Floys of the Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. “So far this year, 23 officers were shot and killed by cold blooded brazen criminals."
However, there is one problem: the economy. Across the country, budgets have been cut for officers’ training and safety equipment. There are also fewer officers.
The Justice Department says they are trying to get money out to local law enforcement agencies to reverse the budget cuts.