Officers Accidentally Killed
This page provides information regarding accidental line-of-duty deaths of duly sworn city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers who met the same criteria as officers feloniously killed.
- In 2012, 47 law enforcement officers died as the result of accidents that occurred in the line of duty.
- Accidental line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement officers occurred in 23 states.
- Of the officers accidentally killed, 21 were employed by city police departments, 16 were employed by county agencies, 6 were employed by state agencies, and 4 were employed by federal agencies.
- By region, 27 officers who were accidentally killed were employed by agencies in the South, 9 by agencies in the Northeast, 8 by agencies in the West, and 3 by agencies in the Midwest.
- The average age of the officers who died accidentally in 2012 was 39 years.
- The average length of law enforcement service for the officers accidentally killed in the line of duty was 12 years.
- Of the officers who were accidentally killed, 36 were white, 9 were black, and 2 officers were Asian/Pacific Islander.
- 45 of the officers were male; 2 were female.
Of the officers who were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2012:
- 22 died as a result of automobile accidents.
- 10 were struck by vehicles.
- 6 officers died in motorcycle accidents.
- 3 officers were killed in falls.
- 3 died in aircraft accidents.
- 2 were accidentally shot as a result of crossfire, mistaken for subject, or other firearm mishaps.
- 1 officer died in an other type of accident.
Of the 10 officers struck by vehicles:
- 8 were directing traffic, assisting motorists, etc.
- 2 were executing traffic stops, roadblocks, etc.
- 31 of the on-duty officers accidentally killed in 2012 were alone at the time of the accidents.
- 16 on-duty officers had assistance at the time of their fatal accidents.
- 3 officers were assigned to 2-officer vehicles at the time of their fatal accidents.
Months, days, and times of incidents
- In 2012, the greatest number of accidents resulting in the deaths of law enforcement officers (8) occurred in July.
- More officers were fatally injured in accidents on Saturdays in 2012, with 11 officers accidentally killed.
- 24 officers were killed as a result of accidents occurring between 12:01 a.m. and noon.
- 23 officers were fatally injured in accidents that occurred between the hours of 12:01 p.m. and midnight.