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Lenexa police honor fallen colleagues

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When an officer was killed in the line of duty, it's protocol for officers to put on a black band across their badge. (KCTV5) When an officer was killed in the line of duty, it's protocol for officers to put on a black band across their badge. (KCTV5)
LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

When an officer was killed in the line of duty, it's protocol for officers to put on a black band across their badge.

Lenexa police are taking the mourning band one step further and leave those bands on their badges for the rest of the year in honor of the 120 fellow officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

That's more the total from last year.

The most recent near the metro were the deaths of two officers in Iowa.

Ambush-style murders of police officers are up 600-percent. It is a horrific statistic and one that has the Lenexa police chief worried.

"We're always worried but probably more now.  I think when you look around the United States, it can happen at any department on any given day. That's why we make sure we train as hard as we can and do best officer safety training we can," Lenexa Police Chief Thomas Hongslo said.

The number of police officers killed by firearms is up 65-percent so far this year.

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