Tampa Police Memorial
Since the first recorded police death in 1792, there havebeen more than 17,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.bears the names of more than 14,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers whohave been killed in the line of duty. During 2007, 186 police officers acrossAmerica have been lost in the performance of their duties, compared with 145 policeofficers in 2006.
On average, one police officer is killed in the line of duty every53 hours. More than 56,000 law enforcement officers are assaulted each year,resulting in over 16,000 injuries annually.