Line-of-duty law enforcement deaths up seven percent so far in 2018

July 16, 2018 - 6:10 am

It has been one month since the deaths of Wyandotte County deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer.

Since then five officers have died in the line of duty nationwide.

Seventy-five federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in 2018, a number that could have easily gone up, with three officers shot and wounded over the weekend in Kansas City. Those officers are expected to recover.

Officer deaths have increased seven percent so far this year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. 

Thirty-two of the deaths in 2018 involved firearm incidents, up 25 percent from the previous year, said Craig Floyd, CEO of the Memorial Fund.

"Thankfully, 900,000 sworn federal, state, local, tribal, territorial officers in this country are willing to assume those risks on our behalf," Floyd said. 

The most troubling statistic for Floyd is that 62 officers over the past five years have been killed in ambush-style attacks.

"Kansas City has been hit hard the last couple of years," Floyd said. "Thoughout history, Missouri's lost 648 officers -- that's one of the highest totals in the entire country."

The National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC opens to the public this fall. Floyd says it will provide visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience and it will address difficult issues that involve law enforcement, citizens and civic leaders.

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