An estimated 177 law enforcement officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2011.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund tracks fatalities for all local, state and federal agencies. The chart below historical data, with annual totals listed on January 1st of the corresponding year.
Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Information current as of 1/3/2012
Numbers of law enforcement officers killed vary greatly by state.
An analysis shows fatality rates vary by state, with most deaths in the South.
Law enforcement deaths jumped this year to the highest total since 2007.