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67 Law Enforcement Fatalities Nationwide in First Half of 2014

July 22, 2014  | 

According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 67 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2014. This is a 31 percent increase over the same period in 2013 (51 officers killed).

Total Fatalities: 1964-2014

For the second year in a row, traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in the first half of 2014. Twenty-six officers were killed as a result of traffic-related incidents halfway through 2014, increasing 37 percent from the same period in 2013.

Firearms-related incidents were the second leading cause of death among our nation’s law enforcement officers in the first half of 2014, increasing 56 percent with 25 fatalities compared to 16 in the same period last year. Investigating suspicious persons or situations was the leading circumstance of fatal shootings, with six officer fatalities.

In the first half of 2014, sixteen officers died as a result of other causes unrelated to firearms or traffic, matching the same number of officers killed during the same period in 2013. Job-related illnesses, such as heart attacks, drastically rose in the first half of 2014, with 13 officer deaths compared to eight officers last year.

Sixty-four officers were male and three were female. Their average age was 42 years, with 13 years of service. On average, they had two children.

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TeeJaw @ 7/24/2014 7:41 AM

All these deaths are tragic and to be regretted by all, of course. Some of the stats need to be further defined, though, to put it in proper perspective. Hearts attacks and illnesses seem to be treated as job related and that may be speculative. Firearms related deaths should be broken down between felonious killings and firearm accidents. Given the number of police officers and the miles driven by them the number of traffic deaths may not be disproportional to other occupations that involve a similar amount of miles driven, made poignant since cops often drive under more dangerous conditions. The seemingly dramatic increase in 2014 is so because 2013 was the lowest since WW II. The average length of time on the job should be narrowed down to felonious shootings only because that is the most vital number for any officer to judge his or her vulnerability, from a statistical standpoint. That number would be less than the overall one, which is distorted by age-related illnesses.

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