Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty hits all-time high in 2021
According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Fund (NLEOMF), as of December 31, 2021, 458 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement
officers died in the line-of-duty in 2021. This is an increase of 55% from the 295 officers who died in the line of duty in 2020.
2021 recorded the most line of duty officer fatalities since 1930. NLEOMF CEO Marca Ferranto stated that statistics showing deaths due to increased traffic fatalities, firearms ambushes, and the Covid-19 pandemic all contributed significantly to the dramatic increase in law enforcement officer deaths. In addition to the 458 law enforcement officer line of duty deaths, 2021 recorded 21 K9s killed while working in their communities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in blue who are mourning the loss of their comrades, and to their families who are missing their loved ones.
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