Boost in U.S. Law Enforcement Officers Being Killed

According to the FBI’s 2016 report on Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted (LEOKA), which was just recently launched, 118 officers were eliminated and 57,180 attacked while in the line of responsibility. Of the variety of deaths, 66 were the outcome of felonious acts and 52 were considered unintentional. In addition, an overall of 57,180 police officers were attacked on the job, with almost 30% being hurt in these attacks.

This report shows that the varieties of deaths amongst U.S. police were greater in 2016 than in 2015, when 41 officers were feloniously eliminated and 45 were inadvertently eliminated on the job. There were an overall of 50,212 attacks on police officers detailed in the LEOKA report from 2015, which shows a small decline in the variety of attacks in 2016, compared with 2015.

The LEOKA report for 2014 states that 27 police officers were feloniously eliminated that year while 49 officers were eliminated inadvertently in the line of responsibility. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects information on the scenarios of each officer’s death too those surrounding any attacks on police. The information originates from federal, state, tribal, local and school police in addition to info from non-profit companies and FBI field workplaces that track deaths taking place in the line of responsibility. The LEOKA Program integrates this information into officer security training programs offered to police throughout the United States