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Line-of-Duty Deaths decrease 35 percent in first half of 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 2, 2019


– Excerpted from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Law Enforcement Officer line of duty mid-year 2019 deaths are down 35 percent compared to the same time period last year.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund issued a new 2019 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report with preliminary data through June 30, 2019. According to the report, 60 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty by mid-year 2019. In 2018, there were 92 line of duty deaths by mid-year.

Of the 60 officers, 27 were killed in firearms-related incidents, 21 in traffic-related incidents, and 12 died due to other causes, including job-related illnesses.

“While we’re encouraged to see a 35 percent decrease in the number of line-of-duty deaths thus far, it’s important to remember that even one fallen officer is one too many,” said Memorial Fund Interim CEO Lori Sharpe Day. “The Memorial Fund’s mission is to honor these brave men and women who have given their lives to keep all of us safe. We hope with a continued emphasis on training as well as programs that focus on officer safety and wellness, we will continue to see a decrease in officer fatalities.”

Although firearms-related fatalities were the leading cause of law enforcement deaths for the first half of this year, they decreased 13 percent compared to 31 deaths in the same period in 2018. Of the 31, four deaths occurred while officers were responding to a robbery call, four officers were ambushed and three were killed responding to domestic disturbance calls. The remaining causes are listed in the 2019 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report.

Traffic-related fatalities are also down with 21 compared to 28 last year. Five of these fatalities were from crashes with another vehicle or fixed object; four officers were killed in single-vehicle crashes and 11 officers were struck outside of their vehicles in the first half of this year.

The remaining causes for officer line of duty deaths by mid-year 2019 decreased 64 percent. Twelve officers died from other causes compared to 33 officers during the first half of 2018.

The states which experienced the greatest number of losses in the first half of 2019 include: Texas with six line of duty deaths; Illinois lost five officers; and Alabama lost four officers. Three officers died in the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Three federal officers, two territorial and two tribal officers also died the line of duty as of June 30, 2019.

The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building, a project of the Memorial Fund, opened Oct. 13, 2018, in Washington, DC across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The Museum’s Hall of Remembrance provides a reflective space for visitors to remember those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Please click on the link below to view the full “2019 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report.”

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