FBI, This Week: Report Shows Rise in Line-of-Duty Deaths


May 6, 2019

The Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report shows a rise in line-of-duty deaths of the nation’s law enforcement officers in 2018 when compared to 2017.


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Mollie Halpern: An FBI report shows a rise in line-of-duty deaths of the nation’s law enforcement officers in 2018 when compared to 2017.

The Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report shows that in 2018, a total of 106 officers were killed.

Fifty-five of the officers were killed feloniously, which is nine more deaths than the prior year.

Unit Chief Amy Blasher, who says their average age was 37 years old, explains the circumstances of their deaths.

Amy Blasher: Officers who were feloniously killed died as result of many reasons, such as performing investigative activities, tactical situations, interacting with wanted persons, and 11 of them were ambushed.

Halpern: The numbers of officers feloniously killed fluctuates from year to year.

Blasher: … but looking back at the five- and 10-year comparisons, we do show an increase of four felonious deaths compared to the 2014 figures, and an increase of seven deaths compared to the 2009 data.

Halpern: Of the 106 officers who died on the job in 2018, 51 of them were accidentally killed—that’s an increase of three deaths compared to 2017.

Read the full report at fbi.gov.

With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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