The Thin Blue Heart Foundation 2016 Profile

America has the best police departments in the world

The Problem?

From Dallas and Baton Rouge to Urbandale, Iowa, high-profile shootings this year have robbed Americans of officers sworn to protect their communities. NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, served the department 19 years before police said a fleeing home invasion robber shot him in the head.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, which tracks officer fatalities, reported a 15% rise in line-of-duty deaths over the same time period in 2015 following the ambushes that killed two officers outside Des Moines on Wednesday.


Worse, the number of officers killed by GUNFIRE had jumped by 60% following the Iowa attack to 52 from only 33 fatal shootings a year earlier. The Memorial Fund counted 16 officers killed in ambushes in 2016—tying 2014 for the most of any year in the past two decades.

“All of these tragedies remind us in very stark terms that America’s law enforcement professionals are facing clear and growing dangers on our behalf,” Memorial Fund CEO Craig Floyd said in a statement Wednesday. “And, when our police officers are at risk, we are all at risk.”

A few important facts about local Law Enforcement:

• There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. About 12 percent of those are female.

• According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1,197,704 Violent Crimes occurred nationwide in 2015, an increase of 3.9% over 2014.

• Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 20,789 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

• A total of 1,439 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 61 hours or 144 per year. There were 123 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2015.

• There have been 51,548 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2015, resulting in 14,453 injuries.

• The 1920s were the deadliest decade in law enforcement history, when a total of 2,437 officers died, or an average of almost 243 each year. The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, when 304 officers were killed. That figure dropped dramatically in the 1990s, to an average of 162 per year.

• The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.

• New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 705 deaths. Texas has lost 1,682 officers, more than any other state. The state with the fewest deaths is Vermont, with 23.

• There are 1,102 federal officers listed on the Memorial, as well as 668 correctional officers and 36 military law enforcement officers.

• There are 292 female officers listed on the Memorial; eleven female officers were killed in 2015.

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• During the past ten years, more incidents that resulted in felonious fatalities occurred on Friday than any other day of the week. The fewest number of felonious incidents occurred on Tuesday.

We need to get the word out and begin to change hearts and minds. Our foundation will use all available content providers to address the untold stories from the perspectives of the civilians and officers involved.

In addition, we seek to be a help to officers families who were killed in the line of duty and are devastated financially.

The Thin Blue HEART Foundation is not affiliated with any law enforcement officials or organizations. This is founded by American civilian men and women who are not interested in sitting silently as police officers are ambushed, attacked and killed because they wear the shield.

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