Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

May 1, 2012

Fairfax, Va. - Seven law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States in April 2012. Although this is a slight increase over the five line of duty deaths in March, 2012 is still the safest year for law enforcement officers since WWII.

Most notably, in April 2012:

  • Seven (7) law enforcement officers (LEOs) were killed, compared to 11 in April 2011
  • Three LEOs were shot and killed
  • Three LEOs were killed in vehicle collisions, including one motorcycle crash
  • One LEO was killed by falling from a ladder while on duty
  • The New England region suffered three line of duty deaths

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 YTD

Not displayed: Washington, DC, had one (1) death; Puerto Rico had two (2) deaths

Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, 2012 vs 2011 YTD

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 May 1, 2012.

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