Law Enforcement Facts
There are over 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States
There are nearly 700,000 law enforcement officers in the United States, including federal, state, county, municipal, and tribal agencies
Over the last decade 58,261 law enforcement officers have been assaulted in the line of duty.
Over the last decade 15,658 law enforcement officers have sustained physical injury in the line of duty.
In 2012, 120 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty
Of those 120 fallen officers, 47 were killed by gunfire, 11 were killed by other assaults.
As of July 2013, 55 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty.
Approximately 300 law enforcement officers take their own lives each year. That's nearly twice as many officers killed in the line of duty each year.
The southeastern United States registers the highest death rates for law enforcement officers by region.
Alabama lost 19 law enforcement officers, including corrections officers, between 2008 and 2012.
In a study conducted by governing.com, Alabama ranked third highest in total law enforcement officers killed in the line of between 2008-2012.
The line of duty injury rate is much higher, leaving officers out of work and reduced pay for extended periods of time
In 2013 111 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, the lowest number since 1959.
33 law enforcement officers were killed by gunfire, the lowest number since 1887.
These numbers represent a significant step forward for the law enforcement community, but many, many more continue to suffer serious injuries on the job.