The National Fraternal Order of Police has reported that 346 officers were shot, 63 fatally, in 2021.
The number of officers shot in the line of duty last year is up from 312 officers shot in 2020, 47 of whom were killed, and 293 shot in 2019, 50 of whom were killed, according to an FOP analysis.
"As we have said before, the recent erosion of respect for law enforcement and anti-police rhetoric has fueled more aggression towards police officers than what has been seen in previous years," FOP President Patrick Yoes told Fox News in a statement.
"Ambush-style" attacks — when officers are shot at without any warning or opportunities to defend themselves — were up 115% in 2021 compared to 2020, with 130 officers shot in 103 ambush attacks.
As violent crime reached historic levels in 2021, so did the attacks on law enforcement:— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) January 3, 2022
⚠️ 346 Officers Shot
⚠️ 63 Officers Killed by Gunfire
⚠️ Ambush Attacks on Officers Up 115% from 2020 (YTD)
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