Police Officer Deaths Surged In 2021, Report Shows

Police Officer Deaths Surged In 2021, Report Shows


The number of fatalities among police officers in the United States, as well as killings via gunfire, increased significantly last year, according to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

COVID-19 proved to be the biggest culprit of deaths. “Preliminary data shows that some 301 officer fatalities have been identified as caused by Covid this year, and this number appears to increase almost daily,” the report stated. “Covid-19 related fatalities continue to be the single highest cause of law enforcement deaths occurring in 2021.” Other referenced causes of death include strokes, heart attacks, and 9/11-related illnesses.

There were 458 federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement deaths in 2021, marking a 55% increase from 2020, the report showed. The rate of officers killed by

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