Characteristics of Law Enforcement Officers’ Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes
The Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted (LEOKA) data, compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shows that the number of law enforcement officers (LEOs) killed in the line of duty by violent means dominated those who were killed in motor vehicle crashes until the middle of the 1990s. However, the recent trend shows that motor vehicle crashes have become the major cause of fatality of law enforcement officers. These observations suggested an in-depth analysis of the data.
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) is currently the only database that contains detailed information on the fatal crashes that involved law enforcement officers. The characteristics of law enforcement officers’ fatalities in motor vehicle crashes were investigated using the FARS data from 1980 to 2008. The statistical analysis of the data several important characteristics of the law enforcement officers’ fatalities.