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LAW ENFORCEMENT FACTS

Key Data about the Profession

  • There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. About 12 percent of those are female.

  • According to the preliminary FBI's Uniform Crime Report from January to June 2015-2016, an estimated 507,792 Violent Crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 5.3%.

  • Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 21,183 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

  • A total of 1,512 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 63 hours or 151 per year. There were 143 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2016.

  • There have been 51,548 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2015, resulting in 14,453 injuries.

  • The 1920s were the deadliest decade in law enforcement history, when a total of 2,461 officers died, or an average of almost 246 each year. The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, when 307 officers were killed. That figure dropped dramatically in the 1990s, to an average of 162 per year.

  • The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.

  • New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 768 deaths. Texas has lost 1,706 officers, more than any other state. The state with the fewest deaths is Vermont, with 23.

  • There are 1,117 federal officers listed on the Memorial, as well as 689 correctional officers and 39 military law enforcement officers.

  • There are 309 female officers listed on the Memorial; six female officers were killed in 2016.

  • During the past ten years, more incidents that resulted in felonious fatalities occurred on Friday than any other day of the week. The fewest number of felonious incidents occurred on Tuesday.