Officers shot in the line of duty


As of midnight, June 2, there have been 128 officers shot so far in 2021, 26 of whom were killed by gunfire. There have been 27 ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers this year, which is a 50 percent increase compared to this time in 2020. These ambush-style attacks have resulted in 35 officers shot, 10 of whom were killed. 

We need your help in increasing public awareness of this disturbing trend that is no doubt driven by anti-police rhetoric. Attached you’ll find graphics that reflect this information. I ask that you, your lodge, and your members share these graphics on social media to help us raise awareness of the dangers our officers face and to inform the general public of these disturbing trends. We ask that you also share the National FOP’s social media posts, which can be found here: Twitter Facebook 

Below you’ll find a breakdown of the data, which shows an increase in the number of officers shot and killed by gunfire as well as the number of ambush-style attacks.  

Yearly Comparison: 

2021 — Shot: 128; Killed: 26 

2020 — Shot: 118; Killed: 23 

2019 — Shot: 104; Killed: 23  

Shot Percentage Change (YTD):  

+9 percent(2020) 

+23 percent (2019)  

Killed Percentage Change (YTD):  

+13 percent (2020) 

+13 percent (2019) 

Ambush-Style Attacks: 

Number of Ambush-Style Attacks: 27 

Officers Shot in Ambush Attacks: 35 

Officers Killed in Ambush Attacks: 10 

Ambush-Style Attacks Percentage Change (YTD): +50 percent from 2020 (27 2021; 18  2020) 

 Lastly, as many of you know, since 2015, the National Fraternal Order of Police has been tracking officers shot and killed in the line of duty. In October of 2019, the FOP partnered with the National Blue Alert Network to collect and analyze data on reported shootings of law enforcement officers nationwide. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), in partnership with the National FOP Legislative Office, published its 2020 Year-End Summary Report Law Enforcement Officers Shot in the Line of DutyIt contains data on law enforcement officers shot in the line of duty, both fatally and non-fatally.     

Sheriff Simonton comments: “This is an extremely disturbing and concerning trend of violence toward law enforcement.  Our officers and deputies are doing their best to curb the violence and de-escalate when possible, however, the ambush-style attacks and random acts of deadly force has escalated to levels never before realized in my career.  “Please keep those that have died in the line of duty, as well as those serving, in your thoughts and prayers. We continually need your support in this new climate we are facing.”



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