Like many good ideas, the Below 100 initiative came out of a conversation around a dinner table. In April 2010, several contributors to Law Officer Magazine and friends were enjoying a dinner together at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference. There had been a spate of officer deaths, and clearly, everyone at the table was concerned. Major Travis Yates of the Tulsa Police Department made a statement that caused everyone to pause.
“If we slow down, clear intersections and wear our belts, we could get line of duty deaths to below 100 a year.”
That statement by Travis Yates, a then author for Law Officer and now Editor In Chief, caused everyone to stop what they were doing and discuss the possibility. A few months later, Law Officer launched the Below 100 Initiative and it continues today. You can find out additional details about Below 100 at: www.below100.org,