|There are approximately 870,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States. | | | |About 11.3 percent of them are female. | | | |Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1792, there have been more that 16,500 law enforcement| |officers killed in the line of duty. | | | |A total of 1,658 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the last 10 years, an average of one death every 53 | |hours or 166 per year. | | | |There were 230 police deaths in 2001 nationwide, which represents a 49 percent increase from the 154 officers who died in 2000. | | | |In 2002 there were 147 police deaths nationwide – a significant decrease from 2001. | | | |There were 145 law enforcement officers killed in 2003. | | | |The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 70 law enforcement officers were killed in the terrorist| |attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. | | | |Averages: | | | |Every 53 hours an officer is killed... | | | |166 deaths per year... | | | |58,066 assaults per year resulting in 16,494 injuries per year. | | | | | | | | | |...
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