264 Police Officers Killed In 2020-A 96 P.c Enhance

Police Officer Deaths

Police Officer Deaths


264 cops had been killed within the line of responsibility in 2020 representing a 96% improve in comparison with the earlier yr.

Consists of “different” causes, which incorporates COVID-19 deaths, which is up 300%


Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr.

Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of directing award-winning public relations for nationwide and state felony justice businesses. Interviewed a number of occasions by each nationwide information outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Division of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Data Providers, Nationwide Crime Prevention Council. Former Adjunct Affiliate Professor of criminology and public affairs-College of Maryland, College School. Former advisor to presidential and gubernatorial campaigns. Former advisor to the “McGruff-Take a Chew Out of Crime” nationwide media marketing campaign. Certificates of Superior Examine-Johns Hopkins College. Former police officer. Aspiring drummer.


A staggering 264 cops had been killed within the line of responsibility in 2020 representing a 96% improve in comparison with the earlier yr, in accordance with the Nationwide Regulation Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

As of Dec. 31, 2020, the 264 officers killed consisted of federal, state, native, tribal, and territorial officers within the line of responsibility in comparison with 135 officers who died within the line of responsibility in 2019. The Memorial Fund’s report additionally information the deaths of officers within the class of “different” causes, which incorporates COVID-19 deaths, which is up 300% in comparison with different causes final yr.

Roughly 246 of the fallen officers had been males and 18 had been ladies with the typical age of the fallen officer 47 years outdated with not less than 17 years of service on the job and on common. Every fallen officer left behind two youngsters.

Gun-Associated Deaths

The Memorial Fund’s report says gun-related deaths claimed the lives of 48 officers final yr, a 6% decline in comparison with 51 officers killed in gun-related incidents in 2019.

Of the 48 officer gun-related deaths, 11 fatalities concerned an officer investigating a suspicious individual or exercise, seven officers had been killed responding to home disturbance calls, six deaths every concerned officers making an attempt an arrest and an ambush on the officers, three deaths had been tactical conditions, and three others had been in response to home disturbance calls.

4 officers died responding to a theft or housebreaking in-progress name whereas three officers had been killed throughout visitors stops. Two officers had been killed final yr whereas serving warrants, two others had been killed by inadvertent gunfire and one police officer was killed by firearms whereas responding to a psychological well being name.

Visitors-Associated Deaths

In accordance with the Memorial Fund report, traffic-related fatalities rose 2% with 44 officer deaths final yr in comparison with 43 deaths in 2019. Of the 44 officer deaths, 18 of them had been automotive crashes involving a collision with one other automobile, eight officer deaths concerned single-vehicle crashes, 15 officers killed had been hit whereas they had been on the aspect of the street, and three deaths concerned a bike crash.

Furthermore, the Memorial Fund states that there are presently 22,217 names of officers killed within the line of responsibility inscribed on the Nationwide Regulation Enforcement Officers Memorial in D.C. which dates again to the primary recognized officer LOD demise again in 1786.

Information present that 1930 was the deadliest yr for officers when 307 had been killed within the line of responsibility. In accordance with the Memorial Fund, the final time officer deaths had been underneath 100 for a single yr was 1944.

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