COVID was the main explanation for legislation enforcement deaths in 2021, based on the Nationwide Legislation Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
In its preliminary report on police fatalities for the earlier yr, (NLEOMF) discovered that as of December 31, 2021, 458 federal, state, tribal and native legislation enforcement officers died within the line-of-duty in 2021—a 55 % enhance from the 295 officers killed throughout the identical interval final yr/
“Preliminary experiences show that the continued Covid-19 pandemic has claimed extra legislation enforcement lives than any single class on this report,” the NLEOMF report found.
Some 301 deaths have been straight attributable to the pandemic, and the group stated the ultimate quantity was prone to be greater.
“Legislation enforcement officers nationwide proceed to be uncovered to the Covid-19 virus in the midst of their each day assignments; due to this fact, the variety of line-of-duty deaths is unfortunately ever-increasing,” the NLEOMF stated.
Firearms-related fatalities have been the second main explanation for legislation enforcement deaths in 2021, with a complete of 62 being killed by firearms, representing a 38 % enhance over the identical interval final yr.
Some 19 of the officers killed by firearms have been killed in ambush-style assaults, a major enhance over solely six such assaults in 2020 and the main circumstance of firearms fatalities.
Total, 84 officers died from felonious assaults, together with 4 who have been crushed to loss of life and and three who have been stabbed. In the meantime, a dramatic enhance in traffic-related fatalities in 2021 can be trigger for concern for legislation enforcement companies nationwide as “struck-by fatalities,” through which an officer is hit and killed by automobiles whereas working alongside roadways, have elevated by a unprecedented 93 % over final yr, including to the whole of 58 officer deaths as a consequence of common traffic-related causes and reflecting a 38 % enhance in comparison with the 42 deaths throughout the identical interval final yr.
Of the whole 458 officer deaths recorded, 417 have been male and 41 have been feminine. Officer suicide deaths have been notably not recorded.
Regardless of the year-over-year enhance, the figures present that the variety of officer fatalities has been considerably declining over the previous many years.
The typical toll of police deaths as a consequence of gunfire within the 2020s was 54. Within the Nineteen Seventies it was 128; and in Eighties, the common was 87—even down from the 2000s, when it was 57.