FBI Releases Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report
October 19, 2015 - 11:48 AM
On May 29, 2014, a 42-year-old trooper
with the New York State Police made a traffic stop on an interstate
highway north of Binghamton. The veteran trooper parked behind the
stopped car and approached the driver’s side window. In that fleeting
moment, a truck traveling in the same direction at about 90 miles per
hour suddenly swerved, sideswiping the car and striking the trooper,
killing him instantly. The truck’s driver, a 60-year-old male with a
criminal record, admitted after his capture that he intentionally veered
to hit the trooper.
The chilling account of the unprovoked
attack is just one of dozens of detailed narratives recounting the
felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the United States in
2014. The accounts are a central component of the latest Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted
(LEOKA) report, issued today, which shows that 96 law enforcement
officers were killed in the line of duty last year—51 as a result of
felonious acts and 45 in accidents. The annual report, released by the
FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, also shows that 48,315
officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults in 2014.
In addition to the narratives, the
online-only report includes comprehensive data tables that provide a
closer look at the incidents: officer profiles, circumstances, weapons,
locations, and identified suspects.
The felonious deaths of the 51
officers—all males—occurred in 24 states and Puerto Rico. The figure
represents a significant increase over the number that occurred in 2013,
when 27 officers were killed, but is lower than the numbers from 2009
(56 officers) and 2005 (55 officers).
Among the report’s findings:
The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed was 39, and they had served for an average of 13 years.
Offenders used firearms to kill 46 of the
51 victim officers: 33 were slain with handguns, 10 with rifles, and
three with shotguns.
59 alleged assailants (54 of them males)
were identified in connection with the line-of-duty deaths; 50 had prior
39 of the officers feloniously killed with firearms were wearing body armor at the time of the incidents.
The largest percentage (30.8) of assaults on police officers occurred while they were responding to disturbance calls.
The LEOKA publication contains data on
duly-sworn city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal
law enforcement officers. The information in the report comes from
various sources: the law enforcement agencies participating in the UCR
Program, FBI field offices, and several non-profit organizations, such
as the Concerns of Police Survivors and the National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial Fund.
In addition to collecting details about
the critical aspects of fatal confrontations and assaults, the FBI’s
LEOKA Program conducts extensive research on the data that eventually
gets incorporated into officer safety awareness training the FBI
provides for partner agencies.
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