HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Police officers are on the front lines in the war on crime, and new data released by the Huntsville Police Department suggests they are being attacked while on duty at an alarming rate.
Crime stats provided by the Huntsville Police Department this month shows assaults on officers in Huntsville spiked from four attacks in 2012 to 15 assaults in 2013.
Wounded Blue, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization based in Madison. The group formed last year to help wounded law enforcement officers across Alabama that have been injured in the line of duty with financial, emotional, and job re-training support.
"We saw a gap in helping officers and their families after they are injured and we knew we could do something to change it statewide, thus Wounded Blue was created," President Freda Muncey told WHNT News 19 Tuesday.
Freda Muncey knows the dangers police officers face every time they go to work, her husband is Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey.
"We have already been able to help give support to several law enforcement officers in our state since we launched this program last year. We can help with bills, counseling and job placement if that officer is unable to return to work as a cop," Chief Larry Muncey added.
According to information from the Wounded Blue website, 58,261 law enforcement officers have been assaulted in the line of duty in the last decade in the United States and 15,658 have sustained physical injury.
The non-profit organization has drawn support from agencies across the state including the Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.
The organization is planning a fundraising ball later this year.