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LOD Statistics

On average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours in America.

Between 1976 and 1998, of the over 1,800 officers killed--

  • 16% were on disturbance calls
  • 14% were in robbery arrest situations
  • 14% were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances
  • 13% were making traffic pursuits/stops
  • 13% were attempting arrests for offenses other than robbery or burglary
  • 10% were in ambush situations
  • 7% were in an arrest situation involving drug-related matters
  • 5% were in a burglary arrest situation arrests
  • 6% were in other situations

Of the 901 assailants identified in the killing of law enforcement officers from 1989-98 --

  • almost half had a prior conviction
  • almost one-fifth were on probation or parole at the time

Most law enforcement officers are killed with firearms, particularly handguns.

SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics