Nation reports rise in officers shot; Nebraska authorities remain unscathed
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Over 300 officers were shot in the line of duty last year, according to the National Fraternal Order of Police.
In those shootings, 62 officers were killed. But Nebraska law enforcement agencies did not report a single officer-involved shooting last year.
Lincoln did experience a fatal officer shooting back in 2020 when LPD Investigator Mario Herrera was shot while serving a search warrant.
Capt. John Vik of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said they keep deputies safe with proper training.
“Law enforcement is an inherently dangerous job and we do all that we can to control the variables that are able to be controlled,” he said. “But there’s some things that we just can’t always prevent.”
Vik said deputies are also provided with various equipment such as tourniquets and ballistic vests for emergency situations.
“All of our deputies are equipped with ballistic vests,” he said. “Those are certainly something that can help but can’t prevent all firearm deaths amongst deputies. But it’s been shown in numerous studies to drastically reduce the number of people that are killed by gunfire in law enforcement.”
The sheriff’s office also provides its staff with stress debriefings and counseling services to help deputies handle traumatic or stressful situations.
“Any time a law enforcement officer is killed or injured it’s an absolute tragedy,” Vik said. “And we’re humans, it affects us just like it would affect anyone else that has a coworker that’s injured or killed at their workplace.”
Over 2,500 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the past 10 years, according to the sheriff’s office.
“I’m just very proud of the law enforcement officers and deputies, here and at the police department and all around the state, that come to do the work of law enforcement every day regardless of those dangers,” Vik said.