Seventy-two law enforcement officers from around the nation were killed in the line of duty in 2011, while another 53 officers died in accidents while performing their duties, the FBI said Tuesday.
The bureau's annual "Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted" report also noted that 54,774 officers were assaulted in the line of duty.
"The release of this latest LEOKA report clearly demonstrates what we already know — despite the dangers of law enforcement, the profession continues to attract brave men and women willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens," the report said.
While the 72 officers killed in the line of duty came from city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies, the majority — 50 — were employed by city police departments. The average age of the officers feloniously killed was 38, while their average length of service was 12 years. Forty-nine of these officers were slain while on assigned vehicle patrol.
According to the report, most of the 72 officers slain were killed with firearms, and 51 of these officers were wearing body armor at the time of their deaths. Of the 53 officers who died accidentally, 39 were killed as a result of vehicle-related accidents. The rate of officer assaults in 2011 was 10.2 per 100 sworn officers.
Those law enforcement authorities in Maryland and Virginia who died during 2011 were Baltimore Police Officer William Torbit, 33; Buchanan County, Va., Sheriff's Deputies Cameron Justus, 41, and William Stiltner, 46; Maryland State Trooper Shaft Hunter, 39; Alexandria Police Department Sgt. Monty Ford, 64; Virigina State Trooper Adam Bowen, 28; Virginia Tech University Officer Deriek Crouse, 39; and Chesapeake Police Department Senior Officer Timothy Schock, 41.
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