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Fatal and non-fatal violence to police officers during 2012–2022

May 14, 2024

In 2022, there were 116 police officer fatalities. Homicides accounted for 50 (43.1 percent) of the fatalities to officers. There were 123 government police officer fatalities in 2021 (data are not available for the combination of private and government fatalities in 2021), and 52.0 percent of the fatalities were from homicides (64).

Total number of fatal injuries and homicides to police officers, 2012–2022
Year Total fatal injuries Homicides (Intentional injury by other person)

2012

105 43

2013

79 26

2014

98 44

2015

85 34

2016

109 51

2017

95 37

2018

108 49

2019

86 37

2020

105 -

2021

123 64

2022

116 50

Note: Data for 2021 are for government police officer fatalities only, data for the combination of private industry and government are not available. A dash indicates data are not available.

Over the 2-year 2021-2022 period, there were 6,680 non-fatal injuries to police officers involving an assault (intentional injury by another person) that required at least 1 day away from work and/or job transfer or restriction (DART). The annualized incidence rate of these cases was 58.0 per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, and the median number of days away from work, job transfer, or restriction was 2 weeks.

Eighty-three percent (5,560) of these assault cases involved at least 1 day away from work at an annualized incidence rate of 48.3 cases per 10,000 FTE workers. These officers required a median of 1 week away from work to recover.

Cases involving only days of job transfer or restriction (1,120) had an annualized incidence rate of 9.7 per 10,000 FTE workers and a median of more than 3 weeks of job transfer or restriction. 

 Number of non-fatal cases, annualized incidence rate, and median days involving intentional injury by another person to police officers by case type, 2021–2022
Case type Case count Annualized incidence rate Median days

Days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART)

6,680 58.0 14

Days away from work (DAFW)

5,560 48.3 7

Days of job transfer or restriction only (DJTR)

1,120 9.7

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These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, 2021-2022” and "Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2022.”

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal and non-fatal violence to police officers during 2012–2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/fatal-and-non-fatal-violence-to-police-officers-during-2012-2022.htm (visited May 20, 2024).

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