The two main contributors to this dramatic drop is the exceptionally low numbers of both gunfire and vehicle collision deaths. Additionally, there have been no single incidents in which multiple officers were killed this year.
Detailed information about each law enforcement fatality can be obtained on the Officer Down Memorial Page at http://www.ODMP.org
Most notably, in February 2012:
- Only five (5) law enforcement officers were killed, compared to 14 in February 2011
- The last time five or fewer officers were killed in a single month was November 2008, when four officers were killed
- One officer was stabbed to death
- Alabama suffered two line of duty deaths in two separate incidents
The following charts are provided for reference and can be incorporated into any law enforcement training material or media reports. Please cite ODMP.
Law Enforcement Deaths by State in 2012 YTDNot displayed: Puerto Rico had two (2) deaths
Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, Jan & Feb 2012 vs Jan & Feb 2011
Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths in 2012 YTD
The data provided in this report is preliminary and subject to change based on final determinations of line of duty deaths. Accurate as of March 1, 2012.