JPD Remembers Fallen Officers; Other Agencies to Follow

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Mississippi's largest police force hasn't lost an officer in the line of duty since 1997. That's an achievement not matched by some other law enforcement agencies around the country.

The Jackson Police Department held a memorial service for fallen officers Monday. According to FBI preliminary statistics released today, 56 law enforcement officers nationwide were slain on the job in 2002.

A crowd of about 250 gathered outside the Jackson Police Training Academy as families of the city's fallen officers were presented flowers.

Jackson last lost an officer in 1997 when 27-year-old Brian Kinsey, a four-year veteran, was shot while answering a domestic disturbance call.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol has a memorial service scheduled for Thursday for its fallen officers.

Patrol spokesman Warren Strain says the patrol and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics have lost a total of 29 officers over the last six decades. Neither agency lost an officer last year.