In September 2016, 15 law enforcement officers in the United States died in the line of duty from a wide variety of causes, illustrating the many different dangers that officers face every day.
At 94 total this year as of September 30th, line of duty deaths are slightly down from the same time in 2015. Unfortunately, auto-related deaths are up 8% and gunfire deaths are up significantly -- 50% more officers have died in the line of death due to felonious gunfire so far in 2016 than had at the same point last year.
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See full line of duty death trends and statistics and read the memorials for each fallen officer at the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org).