Report: 135 officer deaths in 2016, most since 2011

| December 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 2016 was the deadliest year since 2011 for officers nationwide, according to a report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Thursday.

135 officers were killed in 2016, a 10 percent increase over 2015 and the most since 2011, when 177 officers died.

The 135 deaths are not all due to violence, however. 64 of the 135 officers were killed in firearms-related incidents, 21 of them ambush-style attacks. The deaths represent a 56 percent increase over 2015. 53 deaths were due to traffic incidents.

Seven law enforcement officers from Florida, including one K9 officer, died this year, including Taylor County Sheriff’s Office deputy Scott Williams, who was killed in an October vehicle crash.

“Every single time an officer falls, our communities lose so much more than a public servant. We lose a friend, a family members, a loved one… but most of all, we lose heroes who were willing to sacrifice everything to keep us safe,” said Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal, President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association. “That kind of sacrifice isn’t common, but it’s the only reason we become law enforcement officers. These numbers represent true tragedy.”

For a full copy of the report, visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website HERE.

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