Law Enforcement Deaths Hit Record High in 2021

Law Enforcement Deaths Hit Record High in 2021


According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, more police officers have died in 2021 than any other year in American history. 

As Madeline Hubbardd of Just the News reported, this comes against the backdrop of heightened challenges police departments are facing, which includes “staffing shortages, COVID-19 and skyrocketing crime rates.”

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In 2021, the estimates of officers killed in the line of duty span 358 to 477. Compared to figures in 2020, firearms-related fatalities grew by 31% and traffic-related deaths increased by 30%.

Over 320 officers died as a result of COVID-19, which made up 67% of fatalities in 2021, per

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