2020 Statistics by the FBI on Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty


Published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the “2020 Data on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted shows a total of 60,105 law enforcement officers assaulted while performing their duties, an increase of 4,071 from the 56,034 assaults reported in 2019.


According to statistics reported to the FBI, 93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2020. Of these, 46 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 47 officers died in accidents. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks were released today in the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) portion of the Crime Data Explorer website. Previous editions of the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted publication, which contain data from 1996 to 2019, are available on the fbi.gov UCR Publications page.

  • Of the 60,105 officers who were assaulted in 2020, 18,568 (30.9 percent) sustained injuries.

  • 44,421 officers were assaulted with personal weapons (e.g., hands, fists, or feet); 25.8 percent of these officers were injured.

  • 2,744 officers were assaulted with firearms; 6.1 percent of these officers were injured.

  • 1,180 officers were assaulted with knives or other cutting instruments; 9.7 percent of these officers were injured.

The remaining 11,760 officers were assaulted with other types of dangerous weapons; 16.8 percent of these officers were injured.


A full copy of the report can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y6yn8ues



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