WHY WE DO IT
The chance of dying from a gunshot wound to the torso is 3.4 times higher for law enforcement officers not wearing armor.
A total of 1,512 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty over the past decade, an average of one death every 63 hours or 151 per year.
Based on the number of deaths per 50k officers, Louisiana had the 9th highest average of officer deaths from 2008-2012 with 6.7% average officer’s lives lost per year and 21 deaths total.
The number of police officers that were killed on the job increased by 56% nationwide in 2016, with 135 lives lost in 2016. 64 of these officers’ lives were tragically ended in shootings and 21 of these victims dies in ambush attacks.
More than 22,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States since 1792. 485 (2.2%) of these tragic losses have been in the state of Louisiana.
As of October 24, 2017, 106 officers tragically lost their lives in 2017, with Louisiana being the state with the 6th highest number of officers lost for the year.
In the first half of 2017, 65 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, an increase of 30% over the same period last year.
Armor vests have saved the lives of more than 3,000 law enforcement officers over the past 30 years.
There were 51,548 assaults on law enforcement officers in 2015, causing 14,453 injuries.