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Number of U.S. police officers killed in 2017 near 50-year low

Staff Writer |
The number of police officers in the U.S. who died in the line of duty in 2017 decreased for the first time in four years to reach the second-lowest total in the last 50 years.

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According to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 128 officers died in 2017 - a 10 percent decrease from 2016, when 141 officers died.

Of the 128 deaths, 44 were related to firearms and 47 were traffic-related. Texas, New York, Florida and California were the states with the largest totals of deaths

Officer deaths have nearly hit a 50-year low, with the only other year with fewer deaths being 2013 - when 113 authorities were killed.

"After three consecutive years of rising deaths in the law enforcement profession, this year's decline offered some encouraging news," Craig Floyd, chief executive of the memorial fund, said in a news release.

"Sadly, though, the 128 officers who lost their lives in 2017 reminds us that public safety comes at a very steep price and we must never take the service and sacrifice of our policing professionals for granted, nor should we ever forget the officers who died and their families."


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