The 181 officers who died during 2007 ranged in age from 19 to 76; the average age was 39. The officers averaged just over 11 years of law enforcement service.
Six times during 2007 more than one officer was gunned down in the same incident, including the fatal shooting of three Odessa (TX) Police officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call in September. In 2006, there was only one such multiple-death incident.
Among the 83 officers killed in traffic-related incidents during 2007, 60 died in automobile crashes, 9 in motorcycle accidents, and 14 were struck and killed by another vehicle while outside their police vehicles.
Forty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all lost officers during 2007.
Texas, with 22, had the most line- of-duty deaths last year, followed by Florida (16), California (10), and Louisiana (9).
The states with the most officers’ names on the Memorial are California (1,435), Texas (1,386), New York (1,298), Illinois (939), and Ohio (733).
Seventeen members of federal law enforcement died in the line of duty during 2007, a dramatic increase from the 2006 total of five.
Among the 2007 fatalities were six members of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations and seven members of U.S Customs and Border Protection/U.S. Border Patrol.
With 181 deaths, 2007 was the 37th most deadly year for law enforcement in U.S. history. The deadliest year was
1930, when 279 officers died.
For more facts and figures, visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Please be safe and never be complacent.