Police in America 2016: State-by-State Breakdown of Officer Assaults in the Line of Duty
As police violence has garnered much of the public’s attention, some believe that increased scrutiny of law enforcement has led to a “war on police.” The best way to understand the extent of the violence police face and how it has changed over time is to look at the FBI’s statistics on officer assaults in the line of duty.
In the map below, darker red states have a higher rate of assaults per 100 employed officers. The second chart details the number of employed officers based on the population that they cover. In total, there were 48,315 assaults in the line of duty in 2014. For the United States as a whole, there were nine assaults per 100 law enforcement officers that year.
In the second map, darker blue states mean there is a higher number of officers per 100,000 people. The FBI’s data includes statistics from 11,150 law enforcement agencies that employ more than 536,000 officers. The agencies included in the report cover more than 75 percent of the U.S. population. All data is from the 2014 calendar year.
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The Rockford, Illinois and Maui, Hawaii police departments are the only agencies in their states with available data. You can view both police departments’ statistics here.