Officer Deaths Reported from 1980 to 2014
Average of 10 Officers Killed Per Year
Law enforcement agencies across the state report this data to the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) as part of the Federal Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR). It includes officers who work in an official capacity, have full arrest powers, carry a badge, carry a firearm, and are paid from governmental funds set aside specifically for payment of sworn law enforcement representatives. Pursuant to UCR guidelines, correctional officers employed at local or state level are not included. The data also does not include suicides, deaths caused by heart attacks or other natural causes, or deaths occurring while the officer is acting in a military capacity. California law enforcement agencies have reported 345 officer deaths between 1980 and 2014. Data on officers killed was provided by CA DOJ for the years 1990-2014, and the FBI for the years 1980-1989.