Police officer deaths fell sharply in 2008

Dramatic reversal from 2007; fewest officers killed by gunfire in 50 years; record number of female officers die this year

Provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Washington, DC — 2008 is ending as one of the safest years for U.S. law enforcement in decades. The number of officers killed in the line of duty fell sharply this year when compared with 2007, and officers killed by gunfire reached a 50-year low.

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