Line of Duty

Police Officer Deaths on the Rise

Even as violent crime has declined across the country, an increasing number of police officers are being killed. According to the FBI, 72 officers were killed by suspects last year, a 25 percent increase from the previous year and a 75 percent increase over 2008. It was the highest number in two decades. It’s not clear why officer deaths are on the rise. Some say it’s because of a change in strategy: other departments are adopting the New York model of sending officers into the most dangerous neighborhoods and making frequent street stops.