Assaults on Officers

Broadly, Assaults on Officers may be defined as the assault of duly sworn city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers. National information collected annually by the U.S. Department Of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division can be viewed at the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) site.

What about a near miss?
A near miss is a close call and/or unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in a serious injury, fatality, significant property damage, and/or a crisis, if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events.

The Police Foundation has developed a voluntary and anonymous reporting system ( that allows law enforcement personnel to anonymously share “close calls” in order to help their peers stay safe and prevent tragedies.

In 2013, the FBI collected assault data from 11,468 law enforcement agencies that employed 533,895 officers. These officers provided service to more than 247 million persons, or 78.2 percent of the nation’s population. Law enforcement agencies reported that 49,851 officers were assaulted while performing their duties in 2013. The rate of officer assaults in 2013 was 9.3 per 100 sworn officers.1

“Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 146 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. ” – National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

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1 2013 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, from the FBI CJIS LEOKA Summary 2013