Police Deaths: 37 Shot and Killed in 2018

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As of the August 9, 2018, the number of police deaths from gunfire is at 37.  If the current trend continues, this year could be one of the bloodiest we’ve experienced in the last decade.

2018 Police Deaths

Cops are being shot and killed at an average of five per month. At the present rate, there could be 60 police deaths this year. That would rank 2018 as the third deadliest year for cops in the last ten years.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, February was the year’s worst month with nine officers killed by gunfire. Police died in Colorado, California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Alabama and Maryland. There were also two officers killed in Ohio in the same incident in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.

Police Deaths Historically

Compared to this time last year, 2018 is out-pacing 2017. By August 6, 2017, there were 29 police deaths. We are already eight beyond that number this year.

To get a broader view of how 2018 is measuring up over the last decade is difficult. There are still nearly five months left in the year. However, we can compare the number of police deaths between January and July for each year to get an idea of how 2018 is shaping up:

  • 2018 – 36 between January and July
  • 2017 – 28 (out of 43 total)
  • 2016 – 33 (out of 65 total)
  • 2015 – 17 (out of 41 total)
  • 2014 – 27 (out of 48 total)
  • 2013 – 20 (out of 32 total)
  • 2012 – 21 (out of 48 total)
  • 2011 – 45 (out of 68 total)
  • 2010 – 37 (out of 59 total)
  • 2009 – 28 (out of 48 total)
  • 2008 – 25 (out of 41 total)

2018 has the second most cop killings when you compare seven-month periods with 36. It follows 2010, which had 37.

To put that year in context, the total number of police deaths was 59 and that made 2010 the second deadliest year for cops over the ten-year period. The worst was 2011 with 68 police deaths.

The Bottom Line

We don’t know what will happen over the next 4 ½ months. But there is a strong likelihood that more cop murders will occur.

There have been an average of 16.8 cop killings during the last four months of each year. If that holds true, we could experience 53 police deaths this year.

In such a dangerous world, you need to take steps to keep your property and loved ones safe. Call American Security Force at 855-722-8585 to learn how.

Police Deaths From Violence Are on the Rise

police deaths from violence are rising

In the opening months of 2018, the number of police deaths seem to be increasing.

During the evening of Tuesday March 6, a police officer in Clinton, Missouri was shot and killed when he and two other officers responded to a 911 call at a home. FoxNews.com reports that Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, had just returned to full-time duty.

The suspected shooter, 37-year-old Janes E. Waters, began shooting from inside the home. The other two officers, Nathan Bettencourt and Nicholas Kasper, were both wounded and taken to a nearby hospital.

Police Deaths In The Line Of Duty

Morton’s death marks the 26th police officer to die in the line of duty in 2018, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. In the first two months of this year, 22 officers were killed while on duty and there have been 4 killed in March so far.

To put the 2018 deaths into context, consider the numbers for January and February from each of the previous ten years:

  • 2008 = 29
  • 2009 = 21
  • 2010 = 37
  • 2011 = 34
  • 2012 = 23
  • 2013 = 21
  • 2014 = 21
  • 2015 = 16
  • 2016 = 17
  • 2017 = 28
  • 2018 = 22

The 2018 total is the sixth highest on the list. While it is still more than anyone wants, this number is on the low side of the total range.

Death From Violence

But how many of those deaths have been the result of violence? Of the 22 police deaths in January and February this year, 13 officers died from gunfire. That means 84.6% of the police deaths have been the result of a violent encounter!

To put this number in perspective, here is how it compares to the violent police deaths from the first two months of the prior ten years.

  • 2008 = 6.7%
  • 2009 = 1.39%
  • 2010 = 8.89%
  • 2011 = 8.6%
  • 2012 = 8.57%
  • 2013 = 10.3%
  • 2014 = 3.2%
  • 2015 = 1.25%
  • 2016 = 10%
  • 2017 = 5.2%
  • 2018 = 84.6%

The Bottom Line

The 2018 percentage is shocking when compared to previous years. It is 74% higher than the second and third ranked years. Clearly, if the current trend continues the number of police deaths from violence could increase dramatically this year.

American Security Force calls for an end to violence against police officers. These brave men and women rush in when a community member calls, no matter what the situation might be. They put their lives on the line. Daily. Needless violence against those who are trying to serve and protect us needs to end.

We support our brothers in law enforcement. One police death is too many.

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