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Officer Deaths Rose in 2018:  According to an FBI report, more police officers died in the line of duty in 2018 than in 2017.  The Crime Report from John Jay College notes that more than half of the 106 officers who died were killed during the investigation or attempt to arrest people committing felonies.  The report indicated that 46 of the officer victims were white; 7 were African-American; and 2 were classified as Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.  According to the statistics, 3 of the officers slain during felonious incidents were female.  In 2017, 94 officers died in the line of duty.

Sheriff's Work-Around to Sanctuary State Law:  A California law (SB 54) prohibiting law enforcement agencies from notifying federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when illegal alien criminals are released from prison or local jails is putting communities at risk, according to newly-elected Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.  Ian Henderson of the Epoch Times reports that last year over 1,823 inmates wanted by ICE were released from Orange County jails, but it was illegal for ICE to be notified directly.  To address this, beginning last March, the OC Sheriff's Department began to publicly release all inmate release dates, thus allowing ICE to be aware of dates when illegal alien criminals would be released from custody.  As Sheriff Barnes put it, "We have an obligation to protect all members of the communities we serve, and that includes preventing those who have committed crimes from returning to the neighborhoods they prey upon."

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