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2013 End-of-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report

According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 111 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013. This is a eight percent decrease from 2012.

Read the 2013 End-of-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report (published 12/30/13)

Read the press release. (published 12/30/13)

"While even one line of duty death is too many, C.O.P.S. is very happy to see the total number of deaths for 2013 the lowest it’s been in years. The concept of “below 100” seems attainable in the very near future if we are able to continue to work together to promote officer safety and wellness. I truly believe the emphasis that has been put on these things in the past few years is why we are seeing line of duty fatalities decrease."

- Madeline Neumann, National President of Concerns of Police Survivors

Listen to Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd's interview with WCBS-NY (Radio)


Total Fatalities: 1963-2013

According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 111 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2013, an eight percent decrease from 2012, when 121 officers were killed. This was the fewest number of fatalities for the law enforcement profession since 1959 when 110 officers died.

Fatalities by State: End-of-Year 2013

Texas, once again, led the nation in officer fatalities, losing 13 officers in 2013. California followed closely behind with 10 fatalities, and Mississippi and New York each lost seven officers, and Arkansas followed with six fatalities. Nine federal officers, two officers from U.S. territories and a tribal officer were killed in 2013. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia did not lose an officer in 2013.

Circumstances of Fatal Shootings in 2013

Ambush attacks were again the leading circumstance of officer fatalities in firearms-related deaths. Of the 33 firearms-related fatalities in 2013, seven officers were shot and killed in ambush attacks, more than any circumstance of fatal shootings in 2013.

Officer Deaths by Time of Day and Day of Week in 2013

The deadliest time of day for officers in 2013 was between 11:00 pm and 12:00 am, with eight officers killed in that time-frame. The least deadly time of day was between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm, with zero officers killed. Fridays were the deadliest day of the week with 22 fatalities. Mondays were the least deadly day of the week with 11 fatalities.