2021 Was Deadliest Year for Police Officers

Four hundred and fifty-eight officers died in the line of duty last year according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

January 14, 2022

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) recently released its 2021 End-of-Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report indicating 458 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2021. The preliminary report is available here: https://nleomf.org/memorial/facts-figures/officer-fatalities-by-state/latest-fatality-reports/.

In an interview with Newsy, Jim Burch, President of the National Policing Institute, weighs in on the conversation about this latest report and discusses the challenges law enforcement has faced, and continues to face, with COVID-19. You can view the 6-minute Newsy segment here: https://www.newsy.com/stories/report-officer-fatalities-jump-55-in-2021/.

The National Policing Institute remains committed to improving officer safety and wellness, and we continue to prioritize the development and delivery of evidence-based resources and training to help mitigate the risks officers face in the performance of their duties. You can view NPI’s latest work in officer safety and wellness here: https://www.policinginstitute.org/officer-safety-wellness-and-healthy-police-organizations/.

2021 EOY Fatality Graphic

Strategic Priority Area(s)