*2009 Statistics of Fallen Officers
This is a compilation of statistics based on fallen officers
posted on copadorer.com. It is my way of showing you in simplest form the
statistics of officers that died in 2009 and were posted on my site.
Everyone should find it informative. Feel free to share it with your
affiliated agencies and departments. God Bless all of our fallen officers
and in our hearts they will remain.
CAUSE OF DEATH
Shootings 47 total
13 officers killed on domestic violence calls
12 officers killed in gang related or deliberate attacks
5 officers were killed directing traffic
4 officers were killed in robberies
4 officers were killed while sitting in a coffee shop
2 officers were accidentally shot by fellow officers
2 officers were killed with their own gun
1 officer was killed in a kidnapping case
1 officer was killed while he sat alone in his car
1 officer was killed by gang members entering his garage at
Motor Vehicles 52
12 officers struck a tree or a pole
4 officers were killed by a drunk driver
3 officers were killed on motorcycles
2 officers were killed in funeral processions
1 officer was killed laying spike strips
1 officer was killed when his car hit an elk
1 officer was drunk and on a motorcycle
Heart Attack 5 total
officers died of heart attacks 3 during training, 2 in assists
STATES WITH MOST
North Carolina: 6
No deaths listed for:
District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky Maryland, New Hampshire,
North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.
Total of fallen
officers on copadorer.com: 116
Total of fallen
officers in U.S.A in 2009: 120
lists officers who also die off the line of duty, therefore these figures
will never compliment each other and can only be used in comparisons.)
LENGTH OF TIME ON
2-3 years on average 11 officers died in their second and
third years of duty.
Shortest time on job 2 months
Longest time on job 30 years, two officers lost their live
in their thirtieth year of duty.
4 officers died with less than a year on the job
1-5 years on the job 40 officers
6 to 10 years on the job 24 officers
11 to 15 years on the job 13 officers
16 to 20 years on the job 12 officers
21 to 25 years on the job 7 officers
26 to 30 years on the job 8 officers
AGES OF FALLEN
Average Age: 37 years old (down 2 years from 39 years old in
Oldest: 70 retired officer from
Under age 25: 9 officers
Age 26 to 30: 23 officers
Age 31 to 35: 16 officers
Age 36 to 40: 22 officers
Age 41 to 45: 21 officers
Age 46 to 50: 12 officers
Age 51 to 60: 11 officers
Age 61 to 65: -
Over age 65: 1 officer
GENDER OF LOST
Female: 1 (lowest loss in history of law enforcement, 2008
was the highest at 15)
6 officers were engaged to be married
79 officers were acknowledged as being married
CHILDREN OF LOST
180 total of children lost parents
3 wives were expecting
65 children known to be daughters
34 children known to be sons
18 grandchildren lost grandparents (up by 10, in 2008 it was
A Lieutenant in
Illinois had ten
RANKINGS OF LOST
Police Officer 36 Corrections
Deputy Sheriff 23 Border Control
Captain 3 DOJ/Special Agent 5
Probation Officer 2
NOTES OF INTEREST
Only one female was killed in the line of duty in 2009.
Three sets of officers were sabotaged or deliberately
attacked in 2009.
12 family members of officers are also members of service.
April was the worst month with 14 deaths.
One officers fiancι found out she was pregnant the day he
One officer was killed just two weeks before his retirement.
One officer was killed while driving a motorcycle in a
funeral procession for a fellow officer that was killed on the same road.
One retired officer died on his 70th birthday.
One officer was killed the day before his anniversary with
One officer joined his department on his birthday back in
One officer was killed by gang members as they entered his
One officer was killed on his motorcycle when he was drunk on
*The stats above are not a scientific study and should not be used in
association with any reports or documentation for law enforcement or
educational purposes. They are simply stats based on information
www.copadorer.com received on behalf of the fallen officers and
requests for their memorial postings.