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Table 68

Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted
Number of Assaults and Percent Injured by Type of Weapon, 1995-2004

Total assaults/
Percent injured

Total Firearm Knife or other cutting instrument Other dangerous weapon Personal weapons Number of reporting agencies Population covered Number of officers employed
1995 Total assaults
57,762 2,354 1,356 6,414 47,638 8,503 191,759,197 428,379
Percent injured
30.1 19.3 23.9 31.1 30.7      
1996 Total assaults
46,608 1,878 871 5,069 38,790 7,803 165,263,526 371,964
Percent injured
32.1 24.8 30.7 39.4 31.5      
1997 Total assaults
52,149 2,110 971 5,800 43,268 8,120 184,824,864 411,015
Percent injured
30.4 23.1 25.4 32.1 30.6      
1998 Total assaults
60,673 2,126 1,098 7,415 50,034 8,153 193,098,427 452,361
Percent injured
30.7 20.7 23.7 30.2 31.3      
1999 Total assaults
55,971 1,772 999 7,560 45,640 9,832 207,124,112 462,782
Percent injured
28.0 11.9 17.5 27.1 29.0      
2000 Total assaults
58,398 1,749 1,015 8,132 47,502 8,940 204,598,589 452,531
Percent injured
28.1 11.4 15.2 26.9 29.2      
2001 Total assaults
57,463 1,841 1,168 8,233 46,221 9,773 213,645,308 471,096
Percent injured
28.3 10.3 15.3 26.1 29.7      
2002 Total assaults
59,526 1,927 1,061 8,526 48,012 10,164 219,424,713 491,009
Percent injured
28.2 11.4 15.1 25.7 29.7      
2003 Total assaults
58,600 1,879 1,084 8,180 47,457 10,539 225,769,768 501,738
Percent injured
28.2 10.7 13.4 25.4 29.7      
2004 Total assaults
59,373 2,109 1,121 8,598 47,545 10,459 225,597,839 499,396
Percent injured
27.9 9.6 14.1 25.7 29.4      
NOTE: Assault figures published in prior years' editions of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted have been updated in this table.