IN THE LINE OF DUTY
On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1792, nearly 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
A total of 1,640 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 53 hours or 164 per year. There were 133 law enforcement officers killed in 2008, the lowest annual total since 1960. Most of those killed were members of police departments with less than 25 full time officers.
The sites listed below offer an opportunity to reflect on local heroes all across the country that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial