Tragically, Georgia ranks fifth in the nation for law enforcement deaths. Nationally, 136 federal, state and local law enforcement officers died on duty in 2014, representing almost a 20 percent increase over 2013, according to numbers compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that tracks police deaths. Here are some other statistics:
- 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.
- Following a two-year decline, law enforcement fatalities in 2014 spiked to 136. This was an increase of nearly twenty percent compared to last year when 111 officers were killed in the line of duty.
- In Georgia the average age of the officers killed was 38; the average length of their law enforcement service was nearly eight years, and on average each officer left behind two children.
- Georgia had five fatalities in 2012, two in 2013, four in 2014, and six in 2015.
- Care for Cops has provided financial assistance to 54 families since 2000.