Wounded Blue, Inc. - Serving Wounded Law Enforcement Officers
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.
  • 2013 Updates
  • 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.
 
 
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