2020 was one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers on record

2020 was one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers in history, according to a group that tracks officer deaths in the line of duty.

一个 报告 released Monday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) 发现 264 联邦, 州, 军事, tribal and local law enforcement officers to date died in the line of duty last yearthe highest since 1974.
The reason that number is so high: 新冠肺炎.
Law enforcement officers died last year of numerous causes, among them vehicle crashes, heart attacks and gun shots. But more officers died of Covid-19 than all other causes combined, 与 145 出于 264 deaths attributed to the virus.
It’s going to go down in history as one of the deadliest years for law enforcement,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of NLEOMF. “当然, it’s due to Covid. The alarming thing is these are just the preliminary numbers.
The organization is still working to certify an additional 70 至 80 Covid-19 related deaths, Ferranto said. And as more continue to be reported daily, she expects the total line of duty Covid-19 deaths in 2020 to double.
If that holds true, that would make last year the deadliest year for law enforcement on record. By the organization’s count, 1930 saw the most line of duty deaths to date, 超过 300 officers dying on the job.

Covid-19 officer deaths varied from state to state

Ferranto said her organization examines official records and works with law enforcement departments and agencies to determine whether the officers who have died of Covid-19 contracted the virus while conducting official duties.
Those who died after being exposed to the virus on the job are ultimately included as part of NLEOMF’s line of duty death toll.
So many officers lost their lives to Covid-19 that the NLEOMF had to create a task force to help verify all the deaths.
How badly officers were affected by the virus depended on where they lived, 根据报告. Police had among the highest number of Covid-19 line of duty deaths in Texas, 纽约, 新泽西州, Florida and Pennsylvania. 与此同时, 26 states lost no officers in the line of duty to coronavirus.
The Officer Down Memorial Page, another group that tracks line of duty officer deaths, reported similar numbers. 截至周一, the group’s website lists 多于 300 officers who died in the line of duty last year, 多于 180 of them from Covid-19.
An additional 200+ COVID line of duty deaths are still pending verification, so 2020 may eventually turn out to be the deadliest year for law enforcement in U.S. history due to the COVID pandemic,” the Officer Down Memorial Page wrote in a January 8 Facebook帖子.

Firearms-related deaths were second most common

After Covid-19, getting shot was the second most common cause of line of duty deaths last year.
Forty-eight officers were shot and killed on the job last year, 相比 51 在 2019, the report stated. Thirty of those officers were killed by a handgun, 13 were killed by a rifle and one was killed with their own weapon. The type of weapon used in the four other deaths is not yet known.
The largest number of firearms-related deaths came while officers were investigating a suspicious person or activity, 与 11 such fatalities. Seven were responding to domestic disturbance calls.
Traffic-related incidents were the third leading cause of line of duty deaths, though the number has been trending down in decades, 根据报告.
去年, 44 officers were killed in traffic incidents, 与 18 in crashes with another vehicle, 15 struck on the side of the road, eight in single vehicle crashes and three in motorcycle crashes. 在 2019, 43 officers died in traffic incidents.
Overall, city law enforcement officers were the hardest hit last year, 与 122 line of duty deaths, the report stated. Next were sheriffs with 68 死亡人数, 其次是 31 state and highway patrol deaths.