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[ARTICLE] National Police Week Begins Today

National Police Week formally begins today, Sunday May 15, which is also National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Events associated with the week have been ongoing in Washington, D.C. since May 13, however, when the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil was held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (wiki).

The Candlelight Vigil is held annually on May 13, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. Approximately every six or seven years, May 13 falls prior to the official start of National Police Week, which is why this year’s events began two days early in D.C. The names of 316 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty — 152 of them in 2010 — were formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Friday evening.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. This is what determined the dates for National Police Week 2011 — Sunday, May 15th through Saturday, May 21st.

As of today, 69 law-enforcement officers have lost their lives this year. That is a 17 percent increase from last year.

Line of duty deaths skyrocketed in 2010 over the previous year. The 152 officers who died in 2010 represent an increase of almost 25 percent over the number of officers who died on the job in 2009. During this time, there was a 20 percent increase in the number of officers killed as a result of gunfire. Still, for the 13th year in a row, traffic-related fatalities were the leading cause of officer fatalities with 71 officers killed in the line of duty. Historically, it has been found that at least 42 percent of officers killed in traffic-related deaths were not wearing their seatbelt at the time.

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[ARTICLE] Talk About Your Work Cut Out For You: One Knife-Wielding Soldier Defeats 40 Robbers All By Himself

Don’t mess with this Indian soldier. Even if he is retired.

Bishnu Shrestha fought off 40, yes, 40 (!) attacking robbers as they attempted to rob passengers on a train he was coincidentally riding in. He was dressed as a regular passenger, and given the odds against him, initially sat quietly as the robbers began taking jewelry, money, and other belongings from the train’s passengers. Until, however, when the robbers attempted to rape an 18-year-old girl right in front of her parents, Shrestha could take no more. The Indian Gurkha soldier took out his traditional khukuri blade and began fighting the assailants single-handedly, eventually killing three and wounding another eight, before the rest of the miserable lot decided they were better off running for their lives than being slaughtered by the knife-wielding trooper. Shrestha was able to save not only the girl, but also 400,000 Indian rupees in cash, 40 gold necklaces, 200 cell phones, 40 laptops, and other items. He is now due to receive multiple awards from the Indian government for his bravery.

“Fighting the enemy in battle is my duty as a soldier; taking on the dacoits in the train was my duty as a human being,” he is reported as having said after the incident. “I am proud to be able to prove that a Gurkha soldier with a khukuri is really a handful. I would have been a meek spectator had I not carried that khukuri.”

Gurkha soldiers have a long history of strength, bravery, and ferocity in battle. Regarding how he was able to defeat 40 armed robbers, Shrestha said:

“They may have feared that more of my army friends were traveling with me and fled after fighting me for around 20 minutes.”

Lone Nepali Gorkha who subdued 40 train robbers [via Republica]

[PHOTO] What a Police Car Wrapped Around Superman Might Look Like

We can’t take credit for the ingenious title of this post, as that belongs to the writer of this MSNBC article on the July 2010 Sunday morning crash in which Santa Maria, California Police Officer Damon Badnell wrapped his vehicle around a tree. He suffered broken bones in the crash but at the time was expected to make a full recovery. (It’s a little hard to determine his current status or if he’s now back at work).

When it occurred, SMPD Chief Dan Macagni referred to the crash as “the worst police traffic collision” he had seen “in 35 years.”

Officer Badnell had been responding to a call to assist another officer that was chasing a suspect on foot when he lost control of his vehicle due to wet driving conditions.

What a police car wrapped around Superman might look like [via KCOY]

[VIDEO] Gangsta Mario Brothers Grand Theft Auto Video Game Trailer

This is an EXTREMELY well-made trailer, albeit purely fictional, for what would have been the coolest Super Mario Brothers video game ever. Done in the style of Grand Theft Auto, the following preview is chock full of game references (the line “your princess is in another castle” is killer) but in a totally thugged out sort of way. Though the game portrayed below is fictional and doesn’t actually exist, after seeing this trailer Nintendo better jumpstart development and put these graphics artists on the company payroll – they got some talent, I say.

[VIDEO] What are Policemen Made Of?

This is a moving video of “What are Policemen Made Of?” narrated by Paul Harvey to start your day off on the right foot. Harvey was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks and passed away last year. At its peak his listening audience was estimated at 24 million people a week. Though he was a radio personality, he was the son of a policeman who was murdered when Harvey was only three years old.