This year, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty has reached a record high as law enforcement encounters staffing shortages and soaring crime rates. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, more police officers have died in 2021 than any other year in US history. Projections range from 358 to 477 (now 479) officers killed in the line of duty, Just The News noted. Both figures are still extremely higher than in previous years. [tweet_embed] December 26, 2021[/tweet_embed] Compared to 2020, firearms-related fatalities are up an awful 31 percent, and traffic-related fatalities are up 30 percent, according to preliminary fallen officer fatalities. Federal Bureau of Investigation data reveals that nearly 70 police officers have been feloniously killed in 2021—24 of which were victims of unprovoked attacks. In its key observations, a November FBI report announced that unprovoked attacks, where an officer is killed without having had official contact with the offender, "continued to outpace all other circumstances of felonious officer deaths." "Ambush-style attacks" were up 126 percent at the start of December from last year, the Fraternal Order of Police reported. [tweet_embed] December 26, 2021[/tweet_embed] "Nobody's getting arrested anymore," former New York Police Department detective Robert Boyce, a retired chief of detectives, told ABC News. "People are getting picked up for gun possession, and they're just let out over and over again." A study over the summer on "elevated" police turnover found that law enforcement officers quit at a 279 percent increased rate after the violent Black Lives Matter riots of 2020. Many of the largest US police departments reported an intense increase in officer resignations in the wake of the massive George Floyd riots. The latest killing happened mid-month when a Baltimore officer, a devoted mother of four, was shot in a fatal slaying while she was sitting inside a patrol car. One week later, Officer Keona Holley died after she was taken off from life support. Meanwhile, In a letter addressed to Senate and House leaders on Thursday, the Retail Industry Leaders Association pressed Congress to pass legislation shielding consumers from illicit products being sold online either as counterfeits or being sold after being stolen from stores. [tweet_embed] December 26, 2021[/tweet_embed] "Leading retailers are concerned about the growing impact organized retail crime is having on the communities we proudly serve, which is why we strongly support the bipartisan and bicameral Integrity, Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) for Consumers Act," the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Mitch McConnell. "This important legislation will modernize our consumer protection laws to safeguard families and communities from the sale of illicit products and we urge its quick passage," the letter continued.