Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted 2001   [open pdf - 5MB]

Alternate Title: Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2001

"The year 2001 will always be remembered as the year terrorists turned commercial airliners into murder weapons and used them to kill 3,047 innocent people. Counted within that number are 72 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, the most officers ever lost in a single day. Seventy officers were feloniously killed during 2001 in incidents not related to the events of September 11, and 78 officers died in duty-related accidents. Data submitted to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program indicate that 56,666 law officers were assaulted during the year and, of those, 16,202 received injuries. As documented in this report, police work is a hazardous occupation. The current edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted contains 50 statistical tables that aggregate data on officers feloniously killed, accidentally killed, or assaulted in the line of duty. The tables organize the relevant details of the incidents so they form an index to the most dangerous aspects of police work, enabling law enforcement to study and learn from them. The book also contains a narrative summary of each incident in which a law enforcement officer was feloniously killed. The accounts of the events that led to the officers' deaths are straightforward reports provided by the victims' agencies. Nevertheless, they form a series of eloquent testimonials to each officer's dedication to public service. They also serve as a reminder that every law officer every day runs a risk of becoming the victim of a sociopathic or deranged individual. Because a catastrophe such as the September 11 attacks falls far outside the normal course of police experience, the FBI has not included those fatalities in the 2001 rate, trend, or disposition tables for to do so would skew the data and render analyses meaningless. However, the deaths of those officers are chronicled in Section I, Summaries of Felonious Incidents."

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