February 22, 2022
The National Policing Institute, in partnership with the COPS Office and the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), has updated its 2020 analysis of the line of duty deaths (LODD) due to COVID-19. Based on data compiled by the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), the NPI found that COVID-19 killed 221 law enforcement officers in the line of duty from March through December 2020. This represented 68% or more of all the LODDs in 29 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia. As of February 15, 2021, ODMP recorded 346 total LODDs in 2020, a 131% increase from the previous year – COVID-19 being the single highest cause of 2020 LODDs. The trend continues as, according to ODMP, an estimated 542 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021, of which 375 were due to COVID-19. For more information on this analysis, a two-page brief is available here.
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