FBI releases LEOKA statistics for 2017
According to the report, 93 LEOs were killed in the line of duty last year
By PoliceOne Staff
WASHINGTON — The FBI has released some of the latest statistics on law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017.
On Thursday, the FBI released a portion of the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2017 report, which said 93 LEOs were killed in the line of duty last year. Of the 93 LODDs, 46 were felonious and 47 were accidental. Of the 46 officers feloniously killed, 42 were killed by firearms.
The numbers decreased compared to 2016, during which 66 officers were feloniously killed and 52 were accidentally killed, for a total of 118 LODDs.
The average age of officers feloniously killed was 38 years old, with an average tenure of 11 years in law enforcement. Of the 46 feloniously killed, 21 of them were killed during investigative or enforcement activities.
The 47 LEOs accidentally killed were 40-years-old on average, and the most common accidental deaths were automobile accidents, in which 29 were killed.
Of the 44 alleged assailants who were connected to the felonious LODDs, 40 of them had prior criminal arrests, and 18 of the offenders were under judicial supervision.
The FBI said it released a portion of its 2017 LEOKA report ahead of its usual fall timetable in an effort to provide more timely release of public data. The remaining portions will be released later this year.
The agency also announced some changes to this year’s report. New technology allows the FBI database to process and share the incidents in which officers are killed and assaulted in the line of duty.
To read the full report, click here. Information about the changes to the latest LEOKA report can be seen below.