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64 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Nationwide in First Half of 2015

July 21, 2015  | 

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According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 64 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2015. This represents a 3% increase over the same period in 2014 in which 62 officers were killed.

For the third year in a row, traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in the first half of 2015. Thirty officers were killed as a result of traffic-related incidents, increasing 20% from the same period in 2014.

Firearms-related fatalities were the second leading cause of death among our nation’s law enforcement officers in the first half of 2015, decreasing 25% with 18 fatalities compared to 24 in the same period last year.

Officers feloniously killed during a traffic stop or pursuit was the leading circumstance of fatal shootings, with four fatalities.

In the first half of 2015, 16 officers died as a result of other causes unrelated to firearms or traffic, increasing 23% during the same period in 2014.

Job-related illnesses, such as heart attacks, increased in the first half of 2015, with 16 officer deaths compared to 13 officers during the same period in 2014.

Sixty-two fallen officers were male and two were female. Their average age was 40 years, with 13 years of service. On average, each officer left behind two children.

Read the full report at www.LawMemorial.org/ResearchBulletin.

About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

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Comments (5)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/21/2015 4:13 PM

the law enforcement profession is not getting any healthier to work in. Officers are being ambushed at an alarming rate and I don't see any end in sight with the current mindset of a lot of people. Drugs, Alcohol and race baiting being the major causes.

Lt.Steve - Retired @ 7/23/2015 5:25 AM

You really need to get your facts straight. Your lead story reads "According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 64 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2015. This represents a 3% increase over the same period in 2014 in which 62 officers were killed" Then right below that you show a related story "Number of Cop Killings in First Half of 2015 Down Substantially from 2014."

Leonard Mather @ 7/23/2015 4:59 PM

As a Forensic Psychologist, and Professor at a large community college in VA, I have seen the deterioration of respect coming largely from sub-groups and gangs deriving recognition by noncompliance with lawful orders. Fortunately I am in a position where I can emphasize the need for cooperation, compliance instead of confrontation-resistance. Scheduling funds for a Psychologist on call for say, at the County Level would be a profitable move.

Editor @ 7/24/2015 6:17 AM

Lt. Steve: Thank you for your comment. The 64 figure from NLEOMF includes officers killed in accidents. The "cop killings" article is only about felonious killings of officers. Felonious killings are down according to the stats. Thanks, David.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/29/2015 3:46 AM

As usual every single one will be blamed on President Obama.

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