Both numbers have decreased from 2016, during which 66 officers were
feloniously killed and 52 were accidentally killed, for a total of 118
The FBI collects data on officer assaults and
deaths from local, state, tribal, campus, and federal law enforcement
agencies from around the country, as well as organizations that track
officer deaths. The Bureau publishes the data annually through its
Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and the national-level statistics can
be used to help create data-driven safety training for officers.
Among the officers who were feloniously killed:
- The average age was 38 years old, with an average tenure of 11 years in law enforcement.
- Forty-three of the officers were men, and three were women.
of the officers (42) were killed by firearms, three were killed by
vehicles (used as weapons), and one officer was killed with a knife.
Among the officers who were accidentally killed:
- The average age was 40 years old, with an average tenure of 12 years in law enforcement.
- Forty-five were men, and two were women.
most common accidental deaths were automobile accidents (29), being
struck by vehicles (six), or motorcycle/ATV accidents (five).
provide more timely data to the public, the FBI released portions of
its annual LEOKA publication today, instead of in the fall as we have in
past years. The remaining portions of the publication, featuring data
on officer assaults in the line of duty for 2017, will be released later
As a result of a recent technical refresh, the
database containing LEOKA information can process more data than ever
before, which means the FBI can now share additional details about
incidents in which law enforcement officers are killed and assaulted in
the line of duty. A description of all the changes to this report can be
found at Updates to Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2017.