2012 on pace to be safest year for police in 60 years

Officer fatalities this year are 44 percent lower than the previous 12-month period


By PoliceOne Staff

Statistics show 2012 is on pace to be the safest year for police officers in 60 years, according to preliminary figures from The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

According to the data, which account for deaths from April 2011 to April 2012, officer fatalities this year are 44 percent lower than the previous 12-month period, with firearms- and traffic-related deaths dropping 51 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

The rate hasn’t been that low since 1944, when there were fewer men and women working as police officers than today.

Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas have seen the highest number of fatalities — three each in 2012.

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