Officer fatalities in 2021

According to the NLEOMF’s preliminary end-of-year report, 68 officers died in the line-of-duty from felonious assaults in 2021, including 62 by gunfire. Another 64 died accidentally, mainly from traffic-related crashes, which accounted for 58 fatalities. The deaths by gunfire and by traffic crashes both represented 38% increases over 2020. An additional 326 officers suffered line-of-duty deaths from illnesses, 301 of which were due to Covid-19. The number of Covid-related deaths increased 65% over 2020.

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