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Which officers are in this report?

The data in Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) pertain to felonious deaths, accidental deaths, and assaults of duly sworn local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers who at the time of the incident met the following criteria:

  • They were working in an official capacity.
  • They had full arrest powers.
  • They ordinarily wore a badge.
  • They ordinarily carried a firearm.
  • They were paid from governmental funds set aside specifically for payment of sworn law enforcement representatives.

In addition, deaths must have been directly related to injuries received during the incidents.

Trend data from the past 5 and 10 years do not include the officers who died as a result of the events of September 11, 2001. Combining these data with the statistics traditionally included in the annual LEOKA reports would have had an outlier effect, skewing measurements and analyses of LEOKA data.

If you have questions about these data

Contact the Communications Unit of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division via e-mail at or by telephone at (304) 625-4995.