Law enforcement deaths rise dramatically

Law enforcement deaths rise dramatically

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to a report released by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, shooting deaths of law enforcement officers have spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016, compared to last year.

So far this year, there have been 65 law enforcement deaths in the nation. Last year, there were 123 officer deaths.

While law enforcement are declining over the last three decades, the country has been rocked by ambush-style assaults like the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge earlier this month. 

Since records began in 1916, the peak year for deaths was 1930, when 301 officers died. The number peaked again in 1973, with 280 deaths. It declined again, and peaked next in 2001 with 241 deaths.

The lowest number of police deaths came in 1943, at the height of World War II, when 85 officers died.

Stats show the top causes for officer deaths from 2004 until 2014 were: shooting, wrecks, illness, and being hit by a vehicle.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund  contributed to this story. The nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The organization maintains the nation's monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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