Assaults on police at highest levels in 10 years

by ian

Violence against police officers is at a decade high.

The FBI reports that there were almost 80,000 police officer assaults in 2023 alone. This is the highest number recorded within a single year within the past decade. The report also shows that between 2021 and 2023, 194 officers were killed on the job. This counts as another record-high number compared to the last 20 years.

In 2023, most police officers were attacked when they responded to simple crimes. Other attacks happened when they responded to drug or narcotic violations.  Another 466 officers were injured by gunfire this past year.

The report added that most on-duty officer deaths happened in the South in the last nine years. But that number significantly decreased from 32 deaths in 2022 to 19 deaths last year.