1) There are approximately 700,000 sworn
law enforcement officers now
serving in the United States. About 10 percent of them are females.
2) Each year there are approximately 38 million
crimes committed in the
United States, an average of one crime every two seconds.
3) Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since
the first recorded police death in
1794, there have been more than 14,000 law enforcement officers killed
in the line of duty.
4) A total of 1,613 law enforcement officers
died in the line of duty during the
last 10 years, an average of one death every 54 hours or 161 per year.
There were 116 police deaths in 1996, the lowest since 1959.
5) On average, more than 65,000 law enforcement
officers are assaulted
each year and some 23,000 are injured annually.
6) The deadliest year in law enforcement
history was 1974 when 268
officers were killed. The deadliest decade was the 1970's when a total of 2,182
officers died, or 218 each year. That figure has dropped dramatically in the
1990's to150 per year.
7) The deadliest day in law enforcement history
was November 24, 1917,
when nine Milwaukee (WI) police officers were killed in a bomb blast at headquarters, and a 10th officer from the Columbus (OH) Police Department was shot and killed.
8) New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 533 deaths. California has lost 1,205 officers, more than any other state. The state with the fewest deaths is Vermont, with 15.
9) There are 795 federal officers on the
Memorial, 317 correctional
officers and 27 military law enforcement officers.
10) There are 114 female officers listed
on the Memorial, only six of
whom were killed prior to 1970.
11) More officers have been killed in January
(1,355) and December
(1,329) than during any other months of the year.
12) During the last 10 years, more officers were killed on Fridays than any other day of the week. The fewest number of fatalities occurred on Sundays.
13) More officers were killed between 8:00
to 10:00 p.m. than during any other two-hour period over the past decade.
On average, one law enforcement officer is
killed somewhere in America nearly every other day. The first known line-of-duty
death occurred in
1794, when U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth was shot and killed. Since then, over 14,000 officers have died while performing their duties.
New York City has lost more officers than any other department, with more than 500 deaths.
The state with the highest number of police
deaths is California, with more than 1,200.
Vermont has the fewest deaths, with 15.
A complete state-by-state
ALASKA 28 NEVADA 51
ARIZONA 194 NEW HAMPSHIRE 24
ARKANSAS 168 NEW JERSEY 318
CALIFORNIA 1205 NEW MEXICO 102
COLORADO 193 NEW YORK 1031
CONNECTICUT 114 NORTH CAROLINA 298
DELAWARE 29 NORTH DAKOTA 26
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 105 OHIO 621
FLORIDA 512 OKLAHOMA 234
GEORGIA 390 OREGON 139
HAWAII 40 PENNSYLVANIA 601
IDAHO 40 RHODE ISLAND 33
ILLINOIS 834 SOUTH CAROLINA 212
SOUTH DAKOTA 41
IOWA 128 TENNESSEE 272
KANSAS 199 TEXAS 788
KENTUCKY 280 UTAH 82
LOUISIANA 284 VERMONT 15
MAINE 72 VIRGINIA 292
MARYLAND 212 WASHINGTON 226
MASSACHUSETTS 246 WEST VIRGINIA 114
MICHIGAN 451 WISCONSIN 196
MINNESOTA 186 WYOMING 39
MISSISSIPPI 131 TERRITORIES 270
MISSOURI 541 FEDERAL AGENCIES 822