Crenshaw: Stats show 2021 deadliest year in US law enforcement history


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SENECA – Last year was the deadliest year for a US law enforcement officer in recorded history, according to preliminary data released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).


Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw shared a press release with The Journal this week that 458 federal, state, county, municipal, military, campus, tribal and territorial officers died on duty the year last, an increase of 55% compared to the 295 who died in 2020. .

“It is heartbreaking to see that 458 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year,” Crenshaw said in a statement. “COVID has played a big role, but we are seeing an increase in gun and vehicle related deaths. Becoming a police officer is not for everyone, and I appreciate those who continue to serve, regardless of the circumstances.

Crenshaw added competitive salaries and increased physical, mental and emotional health training to recruit and retain officers is extremely important.

“We all need to pray daily for our law enforcement officers,” he said.

There have been 301 deaths from COVID-19, while 25 officers have died of health issues including heart attacks, strokes and 9/11-related illnesses, the agency said.

Four officers were beaten, four drowned and two were stabbed to death. About 62 officers died in gun-related fatalities, 19 of whom were ambushed and killed.

The previous deadliest year on record was 1930, when 312 officers were killed in the line of duty.

The published statistics are based on preliminary data compiled by the NLEOMF and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the memorial in 2022, according to the group.


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