Law Enforcement Officers Killed 2000-2014
On average, between 2000 and 2014, ten officers were killed per year. An average of four of those officer killings were unlawful.
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). Agencies report all deaths of sworn law enforcement officers who are paid by the government, work in an official capacity, have full arrest powers, carry a badge, and carry a firearm. Pursuant to UCR guidelines, correctional officers employed at the local or state level are not included. The data also does not include suicides, deaths by natural causes, or deaths occurring while the officer is acting in a military capacity. California law enforcement agencies have reported a total of 146 officer deaths between 2000 and 2014. 61 of these deaths were considered "unlawful" . Data on officers killed was provided by CA DOJ.
Were these deaths Accidental or Unlawful?
Of the 146 reported law enforcement officer deaths between 2000 and 2014, 61 were unlawful and 85 were accidental deaths.
How has the total number of deaths changed over time?
The total number of deaths decreased from 2003 to 2012 since 2003, with only two deaths in 2012. However, there was an increase from 2012 to 2014.
What was death rate of law enforcement officers?
The total number of law enforcement officers increased by about 15,000 from 2000 to 2014, with an average of 116,041 law enforcement officers on duty each year. The death rate of law enforcement officers (deaths per 100,000 officers) was about 8.4 between 2000 and 2014, about half of which were unlawful. Just like the total number of deaths, this rate decreased from 2003 to 2012 and then increased from 2012 to 2014.