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FBI: Number of Officers Killed in Line of Duty Increased in 2018

More than 100 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year, an increase from 2017, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018 (LEOKA) report released today.

In 2018, 55 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed and 51 were killed accidentally, for a total of 106 killed for the year.

The previous year, a total of 94 officers were killed in the line of duty.

The FBI collects officer deaths and assault data from law enforcement agencies across the United States and U.S. territories, and publishes it through its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. LEOKA tracks detailed data on officer line-of-duty assaults and deaths, so the information can be used in officer safety training.

Of the officers who were feloniously killed in 2018:

  • The average age was 37.
  • The average tenure in law enforcement was 10 years.
  • Three were female and 52 were male.

Of the officers who were accidentally killed last year:

  • The average age was 36.
  • The average tenure in law enforcement was 10 years.
  • Four were female and 47 were male.

The full report is available on the UCR publications page.

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INFOGRAPHIC: FBI Update on How Many Law Enforcement Officers Have Been Killed in 2019

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