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More Police are Dying, Even More Quitting, and Fewer People are Seeking Careers as Police Officers


WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 14 – Cop killers had an unprecedented record year in 2021, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. 458 police officers lost their lives on the job – a number that has never been seen before in the annals of police history in the United States. Sixty-two of those deaths were caused by gunshots; in 19 of those incidents, the cops were ambushed.

The fund reported that “According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), as of December 31, 2021, 458 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers died in the line-of-duty in 2021. This is an increase of 55% from the 295 officers killed during the same period last year and is the highest total line-of-duty officer deaths since 1930 when there were 312 fatalities.”

The bad guys that perpetrated these crimes against law and order were abetted by the COVID pandemic, according to the organization’s report. Police officers, like health care providers, are particularly in danger of succumbing to the disease. The fund says that 301 of last year’s police fatalities were due to COVID, up significantly from the 182 officers who died from the virus in 2020. 

As regards the 62 firearms fatalities, the fund reported that:

  • 19 were ambushed and killed
  • 8 were investigating suspicious activities or persons
  • 7 were attempting an arrest
  • 7 were killed responding to domestic disturbance calls, which led to a tactical situation and an ambush
  • 7 disturbance calls, which led to a tactical situation
  • 3 were killed during traffic enforcement, which led to an ambush
  • 3 were fatally shot responding to burglary or robbery in-progress calls
  • 3 involved drug-related investigations
  • 2 were killed during tactical encounters
  • 2 were inadvertently and accidentally shot and killed
  • 1 was killed during an encounter with a suicidal subject

We’ve come a long way from the days when citizens went out of their way to tell a beat cop; thanks for your service. These days your neighborhood sentinels are more likely to be spit upon. As a result, more and more experienced police officers are retiring or taking a kinder, gentler job. Even more, are having regrets that they joined the police force in the first place.

As Jack Rinchich, president of the 4,000-member National Association of Chiefs of Police, told U.S. News, “There’s no doubt in my mind that what’s transpiring in our nation today is contributing to the lack of retention and the difficulty in hiring new officers. A lot of cops right now, in view of the environment, are saying, ‘Hey, I’ve gone 20, 30 years without being sued, shot, or divorced. I’m going to get out while I have an opportunity.” 

Police departments across the nation are losing officers daily and are finding it harder and harder to recruit replacements. That’s bad news for law enforcement and good news for the “Defund the Police” anarchists. America’s law-abiding citizens are caught in the middle.

Mike Neilon at the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police told U.S. News, “It’s the perfect storm. We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members because hundreds of guys are either retiring or taking other jobs and leaving the department.”

Haverford Township Police Chief John Viola in Delaware said,” It’s something that all departments have recognized as something that’s getting harder and harder. People don’t want to be police anymore. It’s a good job and good-paying job, but when you look at national news every day, people just don’t want to be officers.”

Chief Viola added that annually as many as 300 men and women used to apply for a job in his department, but these days he’s lucky if he has 70 applications a year.

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17 hours ago

God bless our law enforcement. They are underpaid and under respected for doing a job that is vital in a civil country. We cannot have a safe environment without law enforcement .

2 days ago

This is all part of “The Great Reset” as proposed by a man named Schwab and the WEF.

2 days ago

The Democrat governors and mayors who remained silent and who condemn police (and those who support them) as well as the leftist media, have blood on their hands

Charlene Troutman
2 days ago

So sad.

Sean Richman
2 days ago

We need more Police Officers,not fewer.We also need the criminals punished and severly.This get out of jail free is liberal”BULL EXHAUST”.You do the crime,you do the time,PERIOD.No parole.

Gregory Russell
2 days ago

Look, I dont know anyone who doesnt agree that there are instances in which some police have crossed the line and committed criminal acts. Furthermore, I dont personally know anyone who disagrees that these rogue officers need dealt with swiftly and harshly. But heres the rub; I disagree with the media and the left on exactly what constitutes inappropriate force from law enforcement. Its easy for those with an agenda to become "Monday morning quarterbacks", and critique what law enforcement officers have to face and made a decision on is an instant. Especially when their aim is to discredit, demonize, and "defund" police. I firmly believe that the vast majority of law enforcement are reasoned professionals that do their very best to deal with an extremely difficult job. Its unconscionable that there are those who seek to make their jobs even more difficult, and in turn, turn the public against those who although are fallible, seek to protect and serve us.

2 days ago

No surprises there. Yes – it was the intended / hoped for outcome by the leftists but, when literally no one stepped up to defend them, they began to wonder why they should bear the burden, in it’s entirety, for a nation and people that had no interest in defending them. The job was tough enough when just worrying about the criminals. Even the supposed conservatives would begin most discussions with “well, sure we need reform but,….” Nothing in statistics or reality indicated that the police were in need of reform but all politicians and most average citizens were not willing to risk anything as small as public scorn to speak out for those who were risking their lives daily. Now we have the last organized line of defense against tyranny dwindling. 90+% of actual street level officers (not necessarily chiefs or administrators) are very conservative and pro- Second Amendment. They needed to be discredited and disempowered. In essence they needed to be removed from being in the way. In absence of any fact, the propaganda worked and we now get what we deserve.

2 days ago

This is what Democrats want…to have current officers quit or retire..or be eliminated so the Feds can take over. Immunity is a large part of the problem..even if MORE $$$ are thrown at the Dept. Why arrest criminals when they are NOT prosecuted or NO bail is set?

2 days ago

Where is Charles Bronson when you need him? The death of these police officers will only result in people taking the situation into their own hands, which may result in their own death, and not the bad person. We can no longer say “the bad guy”, as it has become more and more “the bad females” too. We should ALL Support and Back the Blue, they are here to protect and assist each of us. God Bless America, Make America Great!

Mic J Palazzolo
2 days ago
Reply to  Barb

Not all. Many simply do what they are told to do by petty tyrants with willful neglect and reckless disregard to the Constitution and their oaths to keep their jobs and receive their pensions. Police officers are on Forbes top ten list of jobs that attract psychopaths

2 days ago

We need to move away from govt enforcers aka police and get back to constitutional sheriff’s elected and accountable to the people at a county level. Read up on the most powerful elected official we have in the country is our county sheriff in that county. Yes he can remove the local, state, and federal authorities if need be. How nice it would be to bring our law enforcement back home and in our control, not govt control.

2 days ago
Reply to  LiamL

Local Police Dept.’s are under control of the City,County or municipality that they are located in. The County board or City Council is ELECTED BY “The Voters”!

2 days ago
Reply to  LiamL

Totally concur. In Alaska, the Commissioner of Public Safety is an appointee that changes every election with a new Governor. The obvious outcome is that Commissioner’s priority is to propagate the Governor’s agenda as opposed to being centered on having the best, most effective department. It also can create conflicts of interest when politicians (and their friends / families / etc..) have their hand in the direction of law enforcement. Direct voting for the chief law enforcement official by the people is the best way to go.

2 days ago

This is exactly what the commie left wanted to do when BLM started the “Defund the Police” campaign!
Bastards that they are!

Joe Hackney
2 days ago

Had forty years of my life and families invested in Law Enforcement with all the ups and downs. Knowone can understand why someone would subject themselves to the redicule and humiliation that can be endured daily (on and off the job) trying to help our fellow man. My heart goes out to the men and women who are attempting to carry on during these unGodly times.

2 days ago

This is a strategy by the deep state/Marxist to nationalize the Capitol Police, soon we will have few local police and more federal police. This has been in play since Clinton was in office, why do you think the budget went up to $2 Billion recently.

2 days ago

To perhaps get an idea of what the far left has in store for our bleeding America, the book “The Davidian Massacre” written by Carol Moore will give a chilling and frightening look into our now possibly much closer future. Written in 1995, within two years of the slaughter, heavily researched, and with photos from the compound. She spent a lot of time in Waco interviewing neighbors, law enforcement, etc…if I remember correctly the Texas Rangers were actually told to stand down! Perhaps because this elite group of strong Americans saw the travesty being carried out? Even more despicable some of the “leaders” of this slaughter were actually promoted!
The book is still available on Amazon…it is definitely a frightening look at what is looking more and more like our future. Please let this soak in…these were American citizens! Our Constitution was completely violated!! The even more frightening aspect of this vile action again, was the cheerleading “press” who even managed to get a vast amount of other Americans to believe they “had it coming”….This was not a Hollywood production, it was reality.

2 days ago

My 19 year old grandson considered becoming a police officer, but after seeing how officers are being treated and the demand to defund the police, he is deciding on another career. He is a kind, caring young man who would have made a wonderful police officer. Another one of the good ones lost thanks to the demorats. And BTW, he already knows how to fire a gun thanks to his parents who both have concealed carry permits. He will have one, too, as soon as he is old enough.

George Washington's Admirer
2 days ago

Marxist/Communist goals are about destroying Our Constitution, Our Bill of Rights, and literally all of the traditional values of this country. What a shocker to wake up to a country in such disarray! Crime up in California right about 800%! Businesses in San Francisco and Los Angeles being boarded up! Gangs as many as 80 thieves in the DAYTIME raiding stores. The Los Angeles Police has warned the public; that its not a good idea to take a vacation in L.A. Communist influence was seen in the 1950’s & 1960’s. Jokes were made that this was all made up by people: “…they are looking for a communist under every bed”. Turns out we should have listened to: Skousen & Hoover. Most recent presidential campaign continued on the same vein. Democratic Party ‘thought’ that by demonizing the United States Police Force; it would almost guarantee a ticket to the White House. (They literally made a deal with the devil.) Pounding, Pounding, Pounding Putrid Propaganda against police. I left the democratic party; literally dumbfounded by a party that had obviously gone Marxist. (At first, I thought that it was a temporary setup just to acquire the White House.) WRONG! The democrats had been moving closer and closer to Communist/Marxism since the 1950’s/1960’s. Americans watched in horror as statues of Presidents Washington & Jefferson were being removed all across this nation! This includes Oregon & New York! As the little Marxists stated that they were only after the removal of Civil War statues! Liars, Connivers, Scumbags! When one is a history student; this is really appalling behavior. When one is an historical artist; it is absolutely devastating. But, & however, this type of mentality doesn’t have the IQ of Cow Manure! (We don’t want to insult cow manure as it has many useful purposes!) WE also watched as a nation how the Republican Candidate was clearly winning @ 0100 hours. Then, mysteriously, @ 0200 – approximately the Democratic Candidate was ‘winning’. Amazing! All this skullduggery was being played out like it was a banana republic. My Uncle who was one of the top Highway Patrolmen in the State of Idaho; would be aghast and depressed if he had to witness what has happened to this country! He gave talks on ethical police deportment. He was and is my HERO. President Washington and President Jefferson are my HEROES TOO!… The Police & Our Founding Fathers Deserve Respect & Consideration! May God Bless This Country!

J. Farley
3 days ago

Toughen up folk and learn how to defend yourselves, buy yourself a gun, if you have never fired a gun, get some training, and learn and practice, practice, practice. Remember, your gun is seconds away, a Police Officer, depending on traffic might get there in 10 minutes.
Your cell phone will be handy for calling the Police and someone to clean things up.
God Help Us!

2 days ago
Reply to  J. Farley

Trying to buy a gun in NYC – don’t even think about it.It’s like living in a city in the soviet union.

J. Farley
2 days ago
Reply to  vehf277

It’s too bad that the citizens and the Judges of New York let them get away with taking away the 2nd Amendment, it is a pure violation of taking away one of the Bill of Rights, each of the founding Fathers was 100 times smarter than the Democrats as a collective unit, it’s a good thing that none of the Demonrat weasels were around we would have lost the REVOLUTIONARY WAR sure as Hillary Clinton’s has a lard butt.

Rusty Rat
3 days ago

All the police killings are for a reason. President “O” started this police killing idea long ago. The goal is to eliminate local police departments and install a national police authority. It would be an army style police force with far more powers to enforce the will of our bureaucrats in DC. I could be mistaken. But, this has the odor.

2 days ago
Reply to  Rusty Rat

You are NOT mistaken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Pres. O also opened the door WIDE to the Communist party and the Fed. Gov. is flooded with them.

3 days ago

Let’s not sugar coat anything: the democrats are destroying too much of our country. When they are through what will be left? They are woke liberal people who virtue single at every chance. They don’t fix anything!!!!!!!!

Tim Toroian
3 days ago
Reply to  BAE

The 2nd amendment will be there.

2 days ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

When/If the Dems. Take over they will eliminate the Constitution!! NO 2nd Amendment!

3 days ago

This goes back a bit farther: during the Barack Hussein Obama regime, cops were being gunned down eating lunch in their squad cars, shot down on the streets, ambushed just doing their jobs. Hussein, I believe, is the one who started this ugly war on our cops. Those familiar with Mark Levin might get his very disturbing and painfully researched book “American Marxism”. The whole “defund the cops” evil is to ultimately replace them, literally, with “armies” to keep We The People “in our place”. Look at other countries around the world who don’t have the kind of police organizations we do. The left is bleeding from the eyes to turn our country into a dictatorship, destroy our Constitution and every freedom we’ve enjoyed for centuries. Look at the “media” attacks on our cops. Also look at our joke of a “justice system”…especially since 93′ when Clinton fired 93 U.S. attorneys and replaced them with liberal attorneys. Almost all the demorats occupying our government are lawyers…they use the courts as their personal battering rams. Our “justice system” is a joke, criminals being turned loose during covid “so they wouldn’t get sick”??…citizens denied their 2nd. Amendment rights to self defense…think about that one! As of last week California (wotta surprise) is putting CONVICTED KILLERS on “house arrest”!! Indeed that’s California but how long before that sick action is in all demorat controlled states??
I’ve had friends in the police dept. that have retired early (and more to come) our sheriffs as well. This is an organized attack on those who actually understand our law, care about the welfare of the public and this nation.
By and large cops become cops because they have a calling. Yeah, there’s the occasional jerk, but they’re the exception.How many cops have died saving others? They’re truly the sheep dogs guarding the sheep!
It doesn’t take much to make a call, even send a thank you card, or send an e-mail to encourage those in your local police department that more support them than want to take them out, it just might make their day…they’re human too, not robots in blue.

Geraldine McGann
3 days ago
Reply to  Denise

Agree. Obama started the disrespect of police officers on a national level. Shameful.

3 days ago
Reply to  Denise

Perfectly said I agree 100 percent this needs to be shared

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