New statistics released by the national Fraternal Order of Police show 283 law enforcement officers were shot – 44 of whom were killed – so far this year.
The latest statistics represent the number of law enforcement officers shot nationwide from the beginning of the year to Nov. 30, 2020, said the FOP, the largest law enforcement union in the country, Fox News reported.
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“Attacks on law enforcement officers continue at a disturbing pace,” the organization wrote on its Instagram page about the latest figures. “Violence against our officers MUST be condemned by all… Enough Is Enough.”
The number of officers shot so far this year has climbed 7% year-over-year, with 264 officers shot from Jan 1-Nov. 30, 2019. It’s also a 28% increase compared to 2018, when 219 officers were shot in that time frame, the organization reported.
By Nov. 30, 44 officers had been fatally wounded by gunfire in 2019, while 48 had been killed during that time frame in 2018, statistics show.
However, what the statistics do not show is the defensive posture law enforcement finds itself in during 2020. In other words, they are responding to calls for service, but not much else. Sadly, this is bad news for our communities, but it’s a reality since the institution continues to be maligned by naysayers and politicians willing to strip the hubcaps off their patrol cars.
Previously, released FOP statistics show that from January 1 to Dec. 31, 2019, 293 officers were wounded by gunfire in the line of duty, 50 of whom died of their injuries.