(WASHINGTON) — The number of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty so far this year is up slightly, according to a new report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
During the first half of 2015, 64 officers have lost their lives — a 3 percent increase from the same time period last year.
“One officer fatality is one too many, and when we’re talking about 64 — that’s 64 families, communities, departments, that are being torn apart now with the loss of a brother or sister or a colleague,” says Steven Groeninger with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Texas led all states with seven officer deaths.
“The South has been especially troubling this year. Texas is followed by Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi with each of those states having five officer fatalities, and Alabama with four officer fatalities,” Groeninger notes.
Traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of deaths, accounting for nearly half of the fatalities; firearms-related incidents were the second.
“We’ve seen a drop in firearms-related fatalities in the first half of the year, with 18 fatalities in 2015, compared to 24 during the same point in time last year,” he says.
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