NLEOMF reports 15% increase in officer fatalities in mid-2024
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NLEOMF reports 15% increase in officer fatalities in mid-2024

By Joanna Putman
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WASHINGTON — Preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reveals that through June 30, 2024, a total of 71 federal, state and local law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty.

NLEOMF reports 15% increase in officer fatalities in mid-2024

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The number represents a 15% increase from the 62 officers who died during the same period the previous year, the report said.

A significant factor in this increase is a significant increase in road traffic fatalities. In the first half of 2024, 17 officers lost their lives in road traffic accidents, including single-vehicle crashes, vehicle collisions and motorcycle accidents, an 89% increase compared to the nine road traffic fatalities recorded during the same period last year, according to the report.

The number of all road incidents, including accidents and hit-and-runs, rose from 11 in the first half of 2023 to 26 in 2024, an increase of 136%. There were nine fatal crashes involving vehicles in the first half of the year, compared with two during the same period last year, according to the report.

From January to June 2024, 28 officers died in assaults, all from gunshot wounds. That’s an 8% increase compared to firearm-related deaths in the first half of 2023. Most of those shootings occurred during traffic enforcement or pursuits, according to the report.

In addition, 17 officers died of various other causes in the first half of 2024. Those causes include plane crashes, stabbings and health issues like heart attacks and strokes suffered while on duty. Twenty-five officers killed in the first half of 2023 fell into the “other causes” category, making it the only category to see a decline, according to the report.