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Mid-year officer deaths put 2021 on trend to be one of deadliest years in history

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 15, 2021

-Excerpted from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

COVID-19 continues to be the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the first half of 2021 and, if current trends continue, this year could be one the deadliest on record, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

Through June 30, 2021, 155 officers died in the line of duty, including 71 who died from coronavirus contracted on the job, according to NLEOMF’s 2021 Mid-Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report.

In the first half of the year, there was a 58 percent spike in traffic fatalities, with the leading cause being officers struck by vehicles. Of the 38 police officers killed in traffic incidents, 19 were struck by vehicles while outside of their patrol vehicles, which is more than the total number of officers struck and killed in 2020 (15).

“The last two years have been incredibly difficult and dangerous for law enforcement,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of NLEOMF. “We will continue our work to honor the fallen and ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten. We support those law enforcement officers who continue to work to keep our communities safe. They are our true heroes.”

So far in 2021, 33 officers were feloniously killed. This includes 28 gunfire cases, three beatings, and two stabbings. The majority of firearms fatalities occurred when officers were attempting to make an arrest. Four were killed in ambush attacks.

Eighteen officers died of other causes including illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes suffered while in the performance of their official duties.

Texas had the most fatalities at 25, followed by 15 federal agency deaths. Georgia and California had 13 officer deaths each, followed by Florida with 10 deaths.

NLEOMF is providing an addendum document along with the full report on their website.  Keeping Officers Names off the Wall: Improving Officer Safety and Wellness provides over 50 resources to improve officer safety and wellness.

Click on the link below for the 2021 Mid-Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report and the addedum.

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