Violence Against the Police

IACP Task Force to Address Global Violence Against the Police

In November 2016, following ambush attacks on four officers in three states in a 24-hour period, IACP President De Lucca sent this message out to membership  declaring violence against law enforcement must end. In response, IACP established a task force of committed law enforcement executives to explore the issue of violence against the police and make concrete recommendations to prevent further tragedies. Follow the work of the task force on the IACP blog.

A feature article in the October 2017 issue of Law Enforcement Technology magazine discusses global violence against law enforcement and the work of the task force. Read more.


Preventing Line of Duty Deaths: A Chief's Duty

This agency self-assessment tool is designed to help law enforcement leaders evaluate their agency’s efforts to address the safety needs of officers. Use this tool to proactively examine the range of critical officer safety strategies and determine areas where your agency can improve. 


Training Key - Officer Safety and Violence Against the Police

This Training Key® is organized into brief examinations of individual law enforcement functions and situations that are most often correlated with officer felonious deaths and assaults. Each section provides an overview of the topic and a synopsis of best practices and procedures for preventing or mitigating the risk of death and injury of officers. References to related IACP model policies are included.


The reports below, developed based on findings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) in the Line of Duty data collection program, provide a comprehensive look at the nature of ambush attacks perpetrated against law enforcement officers in the United States since 1990. Included are classifications of ambush attacks, incident trends, and overviews of agency, victim, and perpetrator data, weapons used in ambushes, and survivability and clearance rates.  Updates to these reports are underway, bringing the data current through 2016.

Ambush Fact Sheet