2000 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted i (2000)

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       Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2000 is a statistical compilation concerning law enforce-
ment officers who were feloniously or accidentally killed or assaulted in the line of duty in 2000. The statistics in this
year's book were reported by 8,653 agencies contributing to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting's Law Enforcement
Officers Killed and Assaulted Program. Collectively, these departments employ 441,311 officers protecting nearly
200 million people. The efforts of agencies contributing both officer killed and assaulted data are greatly appreciated,
for as a result of these efforts local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel can devise and implement policies
and procedures that affect officer safety.


        A sampling of statistics from the participating agencies in 2000 indicate:


The number of law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the line of duty was up 21.4 percent from the
     previous year's number-51 officers were slain in 2000, and 42 officers were killed in 1999.

With regard to circumstances surrounding the killings, 13 officers were feloniously killed while responding to
     traffic pursuits/stops, 12 were killed in arrest situations, 10 in ambush situations, 8 while responding to
     disturbance calls, 6 while investigating suspicious persons/circumstances, and 2 while handling or transporting
     prisoners.

Of the 47 officers feloniously slain with a firearm, 29 were wearing body armor. Twenty-five of the 47 officers
     who were killed with a firearm were within 5 feet of their assailant.

The number of law enforcement officers accidentally killed increased 29.2 percent from a year ago with 65
     accidental deaths in 1999 and 84 accidental deaths in 2000.

Automobile accidents accounted for 42 of the 84 accidental deaths in 2000.

Of the officers assaulted, 28.4 percent were injured. Personal weapons such as hands, fists, feet, etc. were used
     in 81.7 percent of the 56,054 assaults on law enforcement officers.


L)   By circumstance, disturbance calls accounted for 30.7 percent of the assaults.

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