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Title: LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED 1977
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 57
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DATA ON THE NUMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED ON DUTY IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1977 ARE PRESENTED. CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE INCIDENTS ARE SUMMARIZED ON A STATE-BY-STATE BASIS.
Abstract: STATISTICS ARE PROVIDED BY COUNTY FOR ALL 50 STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO, AND U.S. TERRITORIES. ACCIDENTAL DEATHS AND MURDERS UNRELATED TO THE PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIAL DUTIES ARE EXCLUDED. CHARTS AND TABLES SUMMARIZE THE DATA AND PROVIDE COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS YEARS. DATA ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATHS INCLUDE TYPE OF WEAPON, TYPE AND SIZE OF FIREARM, LOCATION OF FATAL WOUNDS, DISTANCE BETWEEN OFFICER VICTIM AND OFFENDER, HOUR OF DAY, DAY OF WEEK, MONTH, CIRCUMSTANCES AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE ASSIGNMENT, AND PROFILES OF THE POPULATION GROUP SURROUNDING THE ASSIGNMENT, THE OFFICER INVOLVED, AND THE OFFENDER. SUMMARIES OF THE INCIDENTS ARE INCLUDED. IN 1977 A TOTAL OF 93 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, A 16 PERCENT DECREASE FROM THE 111 KILLED IN 1976; 81 PERCENT OF THE 1977 FATALITIES WERE IN UNIFORM, AN INCREASE OF 10 PERCENT OVER 1976. SINCE 1972 THE NUMBER OF POLICE FATALITIES HAS STEADILY DECREASED. THIS IS ATTRIBUTED TO THE USE OF UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING DATA TO ALERT OFFICERS TO CIRCUMSTANCES KNOWN TO LEAD TO POLICE DEATHS. IN 1977 THE MAJORITY OF THE VICTIMS (22 OFFICERS) WERE RESPONDING TO DISTURBANCE CALLS, 20 WERE RESPONDING TO BURGLARIES OR ROBBERIES IN PROGRESS OR WERE PURSUING SUSPECTS OF THESE INCIDENTS, 19 WERE ATTEMPTING ARRESTS FOR OTHER CRIMES, AND 12 WERE ENFORCING TRAFFIC LAWS. MISCELLANEOUS CIRCUMSTANCES ACCOUNTED FOR THE REMAINING DEATHS. (GLR)
Index Term(s): District of Columbia; Fatalities; Police statistics; Puerto Rico; Statistics; United States of America; US Virgin Islands
Note: FBI UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS
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