FBI, This Week: Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report Released


October 16, 2017

The number of officers killed in the line of duty is on the rise according to the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.


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Mollie Halpern: The number of officers killed in the line of duty is on the rise according to the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.

118 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016 compared to 86 in 2015.

Deputy Assistant Director Rainer Drolshagen says data also shows an increase in the number of officers killed as a result of felonious actions.

Rainer Drolshagen: Sadly, 66 law enforcement officers were killed as a result of criminal acts in 2016. That’s a 61 percent increase when compared to the 41 officers who were feloniously killed in 2015. Most of the officers were killed during ambushes.

Halpern: In addition to the officers who were killed, another 57,180 were victims of line-of-duty assaults in 2016. That number is also trending upward when compared with the year before.

Drolshagen: The primary goal of the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Program is to reduce the number of officers killed and assaulted through the collection and dissemination of data, research, and law enforcement safety training.

Halpern: To take a look at the report, visit www.fbi.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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