Police Deaths Fall 43% In First Half of 2012

Source: Paul Clinton, POLICE, July 09, 2012

The number of line-of-duty deaths fell precipitously during the first half of 2012, as law enforcement agencies focused on officer safety measures, experts told POLICE Magazine.

Through June, 53 officers lost their lives on duty compared to the 94 who were killed through the same period of 2011, a 43.6% drop. It was a 39% drop from the 87 officers killed in 2010. There were fewer police deaths in the period than during any other first half of a year since at least 2000, according to statistics provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

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