The 2015 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report was released by FBI Tuesday showing a 20 percent drop in felonious deaths in the line of duty – 41 deaths compared to 51 deaths in 2014 and accidental deaths remained at 45.
Law enforcement agencies reported that out of 507, 852 employed officers, 50,212 officers were assaulted while performing their duties in 2015, equivalent to 9.9 officer assault per 100 sworn officers, LEOKA report says.
Highlights of the report include:
- Average age of officers feloniously killed: 41-years-old
- Average length of service: 12 years
- Number of feloniously killed – male: 38, female: 3
- Number of feloniously killed with firearms: 38 (out of this, 30 were wearing body armor at the time of incident)
- Number of feloniously killed on vehicle patrol: 29
- Numbers of accidentally killed: automobile – 29, motorcycle – 4, struck by vehicle -7, accidentally shot -2, aircraft – 1, fall -1, another type of accident – 1
- Average age of officers accidentally killed: 37-years-old
- Percentage of officers injured following assault: 28.4 %
- Percentage of assaulted officers using personal weapons: 79%
- Percentage of assaulted officers who were alone in patrol: 62.3%
On their website post, FBI included an update to LEOKA data collection that says:
Effective March 23, 2016, the LEOKA Program expanded its data collection to include the data of military and civilian police and law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense (DoD) who are performing a law enforcement function/duty and who are not in a combat or deployed status (sent outside the U.S. to a specific military support role mission). This includes DoD police and law enforcement officers who perform policing and criminal investigative functions while stationed (not deployed) on overseas bases, just as if they were based in the United States. The new information will be contained in the 2016 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, which will be released later in 2017. Read more on the criteria used to determine suitability for inclusion in the LEOKA report.
In addition to collecting details about the critical aspects of fatal confrontations and assaults—and sharing that information with our law enforcement partners, government and civic leaders, researchers, and the public in general—the FBI’s LEOKA Program conducts extensive research on the data that eventually gets incorporated into officer safety awareness training the Bureau provides.
For the full report, see the 2015 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.
The total number of officers death for 2015, felonious and accidental combined, which is 86, has already been exceeded by this year’s figure. As of Oct. 18, there have been 104 officer fatalities according to preliminary NLEOMF report, with 46 firearms-related, 40 traffic-related, 18 due to other causes.
With more than 20% increase in officer’s deaths this year and the fact that we still have more than two months to go before the year ends, it is crucial to shift hyper-vigilence into overdrive.
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