[Ed. – Interestingly, however, the cause of death showing the huge increase was COVID-19. Presumably, that refers to officers being infected with it while in the performance of their duties. Which poses some analytical questions, like how certain we can be that the virus was contracted in the line of duty, as opposed to being contracted in other situations.]
A total of 264 officers died in the line of duty in 2020, according to new data released Monday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). That’s a 96% increase over 2019 – which saw 135 duty deaths – and makes 2020 the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1974.
According to the press release, the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for the spike. The category for “other” causes of death, which includes COVID-19, was up 300% over 2019.
Firearms-related fatalities claimed the lives of 48 officers in 2020, a 6% decrease compared to the 51 officers killed in firearms-related incidents in 2019. …
Traffic-related fatalities increased 2% with 44 deaths in 2020 compared to 43 deaths in 2019.