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Louisiana now tied with Texas as deadliest state for law enforcement

Crimestoppers GNO is working to increase the awareness of the risks law enforcement officers take while on the job. Crimestoppers GNO is working to increase the awareness of the risks law enforcement officers take while on the job.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The shooting death of a Sunset, La. police officer Wednesday marked the eighth law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty this year.

Henry Nelson was gunned down after responding to a domestic incident and stabbing. His death makes Louisiana one of the deadliest states in the country for law enforcement.

“It's a gut check to how dangerous this really is," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said. "The fact of the matter is, a lot of the problems we face in the community we're looking for law enforcement solutions and that's not where it’s at. It needs to be a more holistic approach.”

Normand spent the morning handing out certificates and pins to dozens of deputies as part of their first tier of a new leadership training program. He thinks the training will not only help to better serve the public, but also keep his deputies safe on the streets.

“The fact of the matter is, that development of intellect and how to best approach problem-solving out on the street - we have to constantly be aware of our training,” Normand said.

Crimestoppers GNO is working to increase the awareness of the risks law enforcement officers take while on the job.

“When you become an officer you take an oath to protect and serve, and what citizens need to know is that oath is a full-time job, and you never know when you suit up and leave what dangers are going to lie ahead,” Crimestoppers GNO President Darlene Cusanza said.

Crimestoppers is hoping to reinvigorate the public’s respect for law enforcement with a new music video featuring officers killed in the line of duty.

“We're asking people to kind of pay it forward," Cusanza said. "We want people to say thank you to families because of the sacrifices they've given, and also when we meet law enforcement, to say thank you to them every day.”

According to a law enforcement memorial website, Louisiana is tied with Texas as the deadliest state for law enforcement, followed by Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.

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