Death in the Line of Duty

A plastic yellow ribbon with the words "police line" is seen before an out of focus black and blue backgroundThe Federal Bureau of Investigations’ (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) released the statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in the line of duty in 2018.

This webpage provides links to statistics regarding law enforcement officers who were killed feloniously or accidentally, and federal officers killed and assaulted in 2018. These data can be viewed and searched according to several metrics. Reports and methodologies on the data collection can also be viewed. Data regarding assaulted officers will be available on this site in the Fall of 2019.

In 2018, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty, an increase from the previous year in which 94 officers were killed. Over 90% of the officers killed were male, the average age of these officers was 36-37 years old, and the average tenure of these officers was about 10 years.

Of the 55 officers killed feloniously, the largest number were killed during investigative or enforcement activities (23) and during an ambush (11). Pursuits, crimes in progress, assisting other officers, arrest situations, and responding to disturbances characterized the other incidents that resulted in officer deaths. Two federal officers were killed in the line of duty in 2018.


More resources can be found at the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). Some links on this page require institutional access, click here for direct access to the UCR FBI report page.

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