Three members of New Jersey law enforcement died in the line of duty in 2018. Nationwide, there were 144 fatalities in the line of duty among state, local, tribal and territorial officers last year, a 12 percent increase over the previous year’s 129 deaths. That’s according to a preliminary report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Firearms-related fatalities claimed the lives of 52 officers. The most fatalities (11 each) occurred in Texas, Florida, California, and New York. Seven took place in North Carolina. South Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana each had five.
The deadliest year on record for law enforcement officers was 1930 when 307 were killed in the line of duty. The last time officer fatalities dipped below 100 for a single year was 1944.