Jan 05, 2017

2016 Deadliest Year for Police Officers Since 2011

2016 was an especially dangerous year for police officers all over the country. 135 police officers were killed in 2016 which was a 10% increase from 2015 when 123 police officers were slain while on duty. We have included in this article some advanced statistics from The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund that help break down why this might be the case and highlight the circumstances officers are killed.

Some of the numbers are staggering. Of the 64 total firearm related killings in 2016, at least 21 officers were shot and killed ambush style and without warning. IBPO/NAGE National President commented, “These numbers way to high. If I can prevent even one police officer from being shot in the line of duty I’ve done my job. The real victims here are the families that are left behind to grieve, I believe we need to more to help families of fallen police officers. Police across the country are doing their part in reducing tension by reaching out in very innovative ways to the communities they serve. At least 21 officers were assassinated in 2016 that is 21 too many.”

IBPO/NAGE head lobbyist, Raymond McGrath who was also a Worcester, MA police officer for over 3 decades also weighed in. “I have to commend [President] Holway on his leadership on this issue. Last year he personally donated backpacks with uniformed police officers at Atlanta inner city schools. Calming the tension between the community and police officers is key in reducing the number of police shootings. I pray the number of officers shot and killed in 2017 is lower, we can do better.”





To read the entire study please click here for the link
 

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