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A Look at Current Officer Fatalities

Preliminary Law Enforcement Fatalities
as of September 21, 2014
   2014  2013  % Change
Total Fatalities:
86 74 +16%
Firearms-related: 37 23 +61%
Traffic-related: 30 30 0%
Other Causes:
19 21 -10%
Please note: These numbers reflect total officer fatalities comparing September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2013.

2012 Fatalities

In 2012, traffic incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities, as they have been for 14 of the last 15 years.

But at the same time, 2012 had the lowest number of law enforcement officers to die in traffic-related incidents since 1991 (with 43 fatalities).

Average Traffic Fatalities per Decade: 1962-2012
On average, traffic-related fatalities have increased 18 percent from 61 in the 1960s to 72 during the 10-year span of 2001-2010. Compared to the average number of fatalities per decade, 2012 was one of the safest years on record for law enforcement.

2012 Fatalities Breakdown  

Total: 127

    • Firearms-related: 49
    • Traffic-related: 50
    • Other Causes: 28

      Percentage breakdown of 50 traffic-related fatalities in 2012:

      • 30 (60%) auto crashes
      • 14 (28%) struck by vehicle
      • 6 (12%) motorcycle crashes