Conservative Base Honors America’s Law Enforcement Officers on Friday May 15 During 2020 Annual Police Week 

Although the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Florida will not hold the annual formal memorial service this year, due to an abundance of caution in the wake of COVID-19, APHF will have a special video tribute playing all day inside the museum’s large training room.The public is invited to stop by the museum to watch the tribute beginning at 10:00 am and looping until 6:00 pm. Admission to the museum is free all day.  To view the digital tribute, please click HERE. 
President John F. Kennedy in 1962 designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week as Police Week. The Memorial Service began 20 years later with about 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement gathering in Senate Park, according to the event’s website. Since then, it has grown to attract up to 40,000 attendees every year. The event, best known as National Police Week, features a series of events, including seminars and a candlelight vigil. The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum has been honoring law enforcement officers and their contributions since 1960. In 2003, upon the opening of our new location, a 2000 sq ft. Memorial was created to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
FBI Releases Annual Statistics on Police Line-of-Duty Deaths
According to statistics reported to the FBI, 89 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2019. Of these, 48 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 41 officers died in accidents. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks are included in Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2019, released today.
Felonious Deaths
The 48 felonious deaths occurred in 19 states and in Puerto Rico. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2019 was 8 less than the 56 officers who were feloniously killed in 2018. The 5- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of 7 felonious deaths compared with the 2015 figure (41 officers) and a decrease of 7 deaths compared with 2010 data (55 officers).
Officer Profiles. The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed was 40 years old. The victim officers had served in law enforcement for an average of 13 years at the times of the fatal incidents. Of the 48 officers:
  • 45 were male
  • 3 were female
  • 40 were white
  • 7 were black/African American
  • 1 was Asian.
Circumstances. Of the 48 officers feloniously killed:
  • 15 died as a result of investigative or law enforcement activities
    • 6 were conducting traffic violation stops
    • 4 were performing investigative activities
    • 2 were drug-related matters
    • 2 were interacting with wanted persons
    • 1 was investigating suspicious person or circumstance
  • 9 were involved in tactical situations
    • 3 were barricaded/hostage situations
    • 3 were serving, or attempting to serve, search warrants
    • 2 were serving, or attempting to serve, arrest warrants
    • 1 was reported in the category titled “other tactical situation”
  • 5 were involved in unprovoked attacks
  • 4 were responding to crimes in progress
    • 2 were robberies
    • 1 was larceny-theft
    • 1 was reported in the category titled “other crime against property”
  • 3 were involved in arrest situations and were attempting to restrain/control/handcuff the offender(s) during the arrest situations
  • 3 were assisting other law enforcement officers
    • 2 with vehicular pursuits
    • 1 with foot pursuit
  • 3 were responding to disorders or disturbances
    • 2 were responding to disturbances (disorderly subjects, fights, etc.)
    • 1 was responding to a domestic violence call
  • 3 were involved in vehicular pursuits
  • 2 were ambushed (entrapment/premeditation)
  • 1 was serving, or attempting to serve, a court order (eviction notice, subpoena, etc.).
Weapons. Offenders used firearms to kill 44 of the 48 victim officers. Four officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons. Of the 44 officers killed by firearms:
  • 34 were slain with handguns
  • 7 with rifles
  • 1 with a shotgun
  • 2 with firearms in which the types of firearms were unknown or not reported
Regions. Felonious deaths were reported in four U.S. regions and Puerto Rico.
  • 27 officers were feloniously killed in the South
  • 9 in the Midwest
  • 9 in the West
  • 1 in the Northeast
  • 2 in Puerto Rico
Suspects. Law enforcement agencies identified 49 alleged assailants in connection with the felonious line-of-duty deaths.
  • 36 of the assailants had prior criminal arrests.
  • 12 of the offenders were under judicial supervision at the times of the felonious incidents.

Accidental Deaths
New York State Police troopers attending a memorial service in 2019.

Forty-one law enforcement officers were killed accidentally while performing their duties in 2019, a decrease of 9 when compared with the 50 officers accidentally killed in 2018. The majority (19 officers) were killed in motor vehicle crashes.

Officer Profile. The average age of officers who were accidentally killed was 40 years old; the average number of years the victim officers had served in law enforcement was 11. Of the 41 officers accidentally killed:
  • 38 were male
  • 3 were female
  • 39 were white
  • 2 were black/African American.
Circumstances. The 41 officers accidentally killed died in a variety of scenarios:
  • 19 died as a result of motor vehicle crashes
    • 18 while operating cars, SUVs, trucks, or vans
    • 1 while operating an ATV or a motorcycle
  • 16 were pedestrian officers struck by vehicles
  • 3 were killed in firearm-related incidents
  • 2 officers drowned
  • 1 officer was reported to have died in the category of an other type of duty-related accident when they were struck by a tire/wheel while assisting a motorist.
Use of seatbelts. Of the 18 officers killed in motor vehicle crashes while operating cars, SUVs, trucks, or vans, 9 were wearing seatbelts, and 6 were not. Data about seatbelt usage was not reported for 3 of the officers.
Regions. Accidental deaths were reported in four U.S. regions.
  • 22 of the accidental deaths occurred in the South
  • 8 in the Midwest
  • 8 in the West
  • 3 in the Northeast

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2019
Release schedule. In an effort to provide a more timely release of data to the public, today’s release provides three sections of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2019. These sections include data and statistics concerning officers feloniously and accidentally killed and statistics about federal officers killed and/or assaulted. The remaining portions of the publication, which present data reported to the FBI concerning law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty in 2019, will be available later this year:

Jim Kouri National Assn. of Chief of Police

Jim Kouri Conservative Base's editor, Jim, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to this Radio Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters." . Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. He also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty (Law & Order).. He holds a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice from Southwest University and SCI Technical School in New York City and completed training at the NYC Police Academy, FBI Continuing Education Program, and the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) of the American Society for Industrial Security. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to [email protected] and write "Subscription" on the subject line.

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