From the Wires
127 Law Enforcement Officers Killed Nationwide in 2012
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 26, 2012 08:55 PM
Officer fatalities declined 23 percent compared to 2011
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE ON December 27, 2012 at 7:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Law enforcement officer fatalities nationwide decreased by 23 percent during 2012, with 127 federal, state and local officers killed in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled and released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
The number one cause of officer fatalities in 2012 was traffic-related incidents, which claimed 50 lives, followed closely by 49 officers who were killed by gunfire this past year. Twenty-eight officers died due to other causes.
This year's significant drop in law enforcement fatalities follows a two-year period when the number of officer deaths had seen an alarming increase. There were 154 officer fatalities in 2010, and 165 in 2011.
The statistics released by the NLEOMF and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) are based on preliminary data compiled and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2013.
Key Data as of December 26, 2012:
"The loss of any officer is unacceptable and devastating to their family, their community and our nation. However, I am encouraged to see a significant decrease in the number of law enforcement officers killed in 2012 after two years of alarming increases in the number of fatalities. The law enforcement community has banded together with laser-like focus on peace officer safety at the federal, state and local levels and I believe these numbers are reflective of those combined efforts. By continuing to work together in this fashion we can make great strides to ensure that each officer returns home safely at the end of his or her shift," stated Craig W. Floyd, the Memorial Fund's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
"As 2012 comes to a close, I rejoice because line-of-duty deaths for the past year are down by more than 20 percent! We are closer to being below 100 peace officer fatalities than we have been for many years. But I am still painfully aware that 127 families will celebrate the New Year without their officer. I find comfort knowing that these families will be embraced by the law enforcement community and given the support and love they will need as they embark on their journey through grief. Through the efforts of the NLEOMF and C.O.P.S., they know they do not walk this path alone," said Madeline Neumann, National President of Concerns of Police Survivors.
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SOURCE National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
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