The National Fraternal Order of Police reports that as of midnight on April 2, there have been 99 officers shot in the line of duty so far in 2023. That is a 44% increase from 2021 year-to-date numbers and a 57% increase from 2020 YTD.
Of those officers shot, 10 of them were killed by gunfire. That marks a YTD decrease of 33% from 2021 YTD and a 23% decrease from 2020 YTD.
There have been 27 ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers this year. These ambush-style attacks have resulted in 32 officers shot, three of whom were killed by gunfire. The number of ambush-style attacks listed does not include the countless incidents where an officer was shot at but not struck by gunfire during an ambush-style attack.
According to the National FOP’s Monthly Update: Law Enforcement Officer Shot and Killed in the Line of Duty, California has had the highest number of officer shot, nine. Eight officers have been shot in Pennsylvania, eight in Missouri, seven in Washington, and six in Florida.
"This year is shaping up to be one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement in recent history due to the increase of violence directed towards law enforcement officers as well as the nationwide crime crisis, which has seen criminals emboldened by the failed policies of pandering prosecutors and cynical politicians. Frankly, it is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 36 years of law enforcement,” says Patrick Yoes, National FOP president.
"It is our sincere hope that this new Congress will act swiftly and pass the 'Protect and Serve Act' to address the national problem of ambushes and unprovoked attacks on our nation's law enforcement officers,” Yoes adds.