The Fraternal Order of Police reported that 2022 was one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement. There were 331 officers shot, including 62 killed by gunfire, according to the Fraternal Order of Police, an organization representing US law enforcement officers.
That number of officers shot represents a 13% increase from 2019, according to the organization’s data. 126 officers were shot, with 89 separate ambush style attacks in 2022.
Recent years have shown a 29% in overall law enforcement deaths.
The increased violence against police officers in the last few years mirrors the broader rise in shootings and violence in the U.S. since 2020.
While explanations for any violent crime vary, the FBI has tried to piece together an explanation of why some people attack police officers. A 2016 report, summarized in an FBI document released to law enforcement agencies in May 2017, examined 50 shootings of police officers and found that the assailants’ two key motives were a desire to escape arrest (40%) and their hatred of the police (28%).
It is critical to support our men and women in uniform and recognize the dangers they face everyday.