Line-of-Duty Deaths

Ensuring that officers return home safely at the end of each shift is a paramount concern for all law enforcement leaders.  The IACP in partnership with the Officer Down Memorial Page is committed to honoring fallen law enforcement officers while also raising awareness about line-of-duty deaths.  


Analyzing trends and causal factors is key to understanding and preventing future line-of-duty deaths. The infographic linked below, created by ODMP based on the FBI’s 2016 line-of-duty death statistics for 2016, provides a powerful visual summary of last year’s 144 line-of-duty deaths. Monthly reports for the current year are also available.  View the April 2018 report. 

Tribute to Slain Officers

IACP recognizes that one of the tougher challenges facing any police executive is handling a line-of-duty death within a department. To support the agency head who must respond to this challenge, and to add IACP's acknowledgment of the sacrifice, IACP has established this program. The tribute is to be presented to the closest surviving family.

Qualifying Guideline: Active-duty officers who die by felonious or accidental means during the course of performing police functions while on — or off — duty.

There is no cost for the IACP Tribute.

Because of the nature of this recognition, there is no specific due date for the application. However, due to unfortunate demand, we must limit application to those officers who have died within the past year. The IACP Tribute to Slain Officers Program is administered through the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP). For more information, please contact Kathleen Kelley.

Other Reports & Resources

Law Enforcement Officers Killed by Felonious Assault in 2011

This report focuses on prevention through awareness by bringing together brief summaries of each line-of-duty death from felonious assaults in 2011. Recorded incidents have been categorized by call type. The classification was used to break down the summaries in order to better understand and begin thinking about prevention.