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Los Angeles Police Department officers attend the funeral service for Riverside police Officer Michael Crain at Grove Community Church in Riverside, California, February 13, 2013.
U.S. Law enforcement fatalities in 2013 dropped to their lowest level in six decades, and the number of officers killed in firearm-related deaths this year was the lowest in more than a century.
According to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 111 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013—the fewest since 1959, when 110 died. Thirty-three officers were killed in firearms-related incidents. That’s the lowest number since 1887—and a 54 percent drop from two years ago.
In California, 10 officer lost their lives in 2013—the second-highest number of fatalities, behind Texas.
What’s contributed to these dramatic drops in officer fatalities—gun-related and otherwise? Has officer safety become a growing priority for law enforcement agencies?
Craig W. Floyd, CEO, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund