Following an alarming 25% increase in 2010, the number of law enforcement fatalities in the U.S. have continued to rise in the first six months of 2011.
Total Fatalities: Mid-Year 1961-2011
Preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show a disturbing 33% increase in firearms-related fatalities, up from 30 fatalities during the same time period in 2010 to 40 officers shot and killed in 2011.
Traditionally the leading cause of law enforcement fatalities, traffic-related fatalities declined 17% in the first half of the year, from 42 in 2010 to 35 in 2011.
More information is available in the full 2011 Preliminary Mid-Year Report at www.LawMemorial.org/ResearchBulletin