2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report is Released
The FBI has released three sections of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2017 ahead of the traditional schedule. The updated 2017 report includes sections with data and statistics pertaining to officers killed in felonious or accidental incidents and statistics about federal officers killed and/or assaulted. As reported, 93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2017, including 46 officers, who died as a result of felonious acts and 47 officers, who died in accidents. In addition, 47 law enforcement officers were killed accidentally while performing their duties in 2017. No federal law enforcement officers were reported as killed feloniously and a total of 1,784 federal officers were assaulted, including 426, who were reported as injured.
Each report includes officer profiles, circumstances, weapons/use of seat belt, region, and any relevant suspect information. According to the official release, “the law enforcement officers included in this report met certain criteria, such as, they had full arrest powers and they ordinarily wore/carried a badge and a firearm.”
In addition to the current data, access is provided to summaries of officers feloniously killed from 2002-2016, including selected incidents of officers assaulted and injured from 2013-2016. Some of the previous statistics, however, are not directly comparable to the latest report due to the implementation of changes in categorizing topics in 2017. A description of relevant changes can be found at Updates to Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2017.