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Law enforcement officers assaulted.

Methodology

Section II contains data pertaining to assaults on sworn local, state, and tribal law enforcement officers. The UCR Program collects information monthly from the agencies that collect and submit data either through their state UCR Program or, for the non-Program states, directly to the FBI. For data to be included in Section II, law enforcement agencies must have submitted information for all 12 months of 2004 on officers who were assaulted as well as the number of people they employed full time for the reporting year.

Law enforcement agencies report to the UCR Program the number of assaults resulting in injuries to their officers or instances in which an offender used a weapon that could have caused serious injury or death. Agencies record other assaults only if they involved more than verbal abuse or minor resistance to an arrest.

Overview

In 2004, the FBI collected data from 10,459 law enforcement agencies that provided services to nearly 226 million persons (76.8 percent of the Nation's population). The participating law enforcement agencies employed 499,396 officers, and of these, 59,373 were assaulted while performing their duties, a rate of 11.9 assaults per 100 officers. The assaults resulted in injuries to 16,563 of these officers. (See Table 63.)

By region, law enforcement agencies in the South, the Nation's most populous region, indicated that officers in the region were assaulted at a rate of 13.8 assaults per 100 officers employed. Officers in the West were assaulted at a rate of 11.0 per 100 officers, agencies in the Midwest reported that officers were assaulted at a rate of 10.5 for every 100 officers employed, and the Northeast had a rate of 9.6 assaults per 100 officers. (See Table 63.)

By population group, the rate of assaults was highest, 17.1 assaults per 100 officers, in law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 250,000 or more residents. Among the population groups labeled city, the rate was lowest, 7.9 assaults per 100 officers, in those agencies with under 10,000 inhabitants. Law enforcement officers in metropolitan counties experienced a rate of 10.3 assaults per 100 officers, and agencies in nonmetropolitan counties had a rate of 6.2 assaults for every 100 officers. (See Table 64.)

Injuries

Of the 59,373 officers who were assaulted in 2004, 27.9 percent of those officers suffered injuries. Among the Nation's four regions, law enforcement agencies in the Northeast had the highest percentage, 32.6, of injuries among officers assaulted. In the Midwest, 28.9 percent of the officers in the Midwest who were assaulted suffered injuries, followed by the West with 28.1 percent, and the South with 26.2 percent. (Based on Table 63.)

A review of the data by population group showed that law enforcement agencies in the Nation's smallest cities, those under 10,000 in population, had the highest percentage, 30.3 percent, of its officers injured during assaults. Agencies in cities with populations of 25,000 to 49,999 inhabitants had the lowest percentage of officers injured at 26.7 percent. In metropolitan counties, 27.1 percent of the assaulted officers sustained injuries, and in nonmetropolitan counties, 27.4 percent. (Based on Table 64.)

Times

In 2004, the largest percentage, 28.8, of assaults on law enforcement officers occurred from 10:01 p.m. and 2 a.m., and the smallest percentage, 6.4, occurred from 4:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. The time of the attacks continued a long-time trend as the largest percentage, 29.5, of assaults on police officers over the past 10 years (1995-2004) also occurred from 10:01 p.m. and 2 a.m., and, likewise, the smallest percentage, 6.2, took place from 4:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. (Based on Table 65.)

Circumstances

An examination of the assault data revealed that most officers, 30.7 percent, were assaulted when responding to disturbance calls. Thirteen percent of the officers were handling, transporting, or had custody of prisoners, 11.1 percent were conducting traffic pursuits or stops, and 9.3 percent were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances. Nearly 2 percent (1.8) of the officers were handling mentally deranged persons at the time they were assaulted, 1.4 percent were investigating burglaries in progress or were pursuing burglary suspects, 1.2 percent were policing civil disorders, and 0.9 percent were responding to robberies in progress or were pursuing robbery suspects. The circumstance in which the lowest percentage of law enforcement officers, 0.3 percent, were assaulted was ambush situations. Over 16 percent (16.3) of officers were attempting other types of arrests, and 13.8 percent were attacked while performing other duties. (See Table 67.)

Clearances

Law enforcement may clear offenses either by arrest or by exceptional means, i.e., when elements beyond the control of law enforcement prevent the placing of formal charges against the offender. In 2004, law enforcement agencies cleared 87.5 percent of the 59,373 assaults on their officers. By circumstance, these agencies cleared the greatest percentage, 89 percent, of assaults on officers who were responding to disturbance calls (family quarrels, bar fights, etc.). The circumstance with the lowest percentage of clearances, 66.7 percent, was ambush situations. (See Table 66.)

Types of Assignment

An examination of the data concerning types of assignments in which officers were working when they were assaulted revealed that 80.4 percent of the officers were assigned to vehicle patrols: of these, 78.5 percent were assigned to 1-of.cer patrols, and 21.5 percent were assigned to 2-of.cer patrols. Five percent of the officers assaulted were assigned to detective duties or had special assignments, and 14.6 percent of the officers were assigned to other duties. Of the officers assaulted, 70.1 percent received assistance from fellow officers and 29.9 percent were alone and unassisted. (Based on Table 67.)

Weapons

As in past years, offenders used personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet, in the majority of assaults, 80.1 percent, on law enforcement officers. Offenders used firearms in 3.6 of the assaults on officers and knives or cutting instruments in 1.9 percent of the assaults. Attackers used other dangerous weapons in 14.5 percent of assaults on law enforcement officers. (See Table 69.)

Concerning the officers who sustained injuries when they were attacked with these weapons, 29.4 percent of the officers assaulted with personal weapons suffered injuries. Of the officers attacked by persons with knives or cutting instruments, 14.1 percent suffered injuries, and of those assaulted by persons with firearms, 9.6 percent suffered injuries. Over a quarter, 25.7 percent, of the officers attacked by persons with other types of dangerous weapons suffered injuries. (See Table 68.)
Table 2.1
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Population Covered and Number of Reporting Agencies
by Population Group of Victim Officer's Agency, 2004

 Number of
 reporting Population Number of
Population group agencies covered employed

Total 10,459 225,597,839 499,396
Group I (cities 250,000 and over) 61 38,952,367 91,146
Group II (cities 100,000 -
 249,999) 154 23,084,084 41,833
Group III (cities 50,000 -
 99,999) 354 24,336,875 42,201
Group IV (cities 25,000 - 49,999) 621 21,539,903 39,072
Group V (cities 10,000 - 24,999) 1,388 21,950,833 42,714
Group VI (cities under 10,000)
 (1) 5,415 17,971,779 60,705
Metropolitan counties (1) 879 55,824,865 138,896
Nonmetropolitan counties (1) 1,587 21,937,133 42,829

(1) Includes universities and colleges, state police agencies, and/or
other agencies to which no population is attributed.

Table 63
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Region and Geographic Division, 2004

 Rate per Assaults Rate per
 Total 100 with 100
Area (1) officers injury officers

Total 59,373 11.9 16,563 3.3

NORTHEAST 7,821 9.6 2,550 3.1
 New England 1,526 8.7 418 2.4
 Middle Atlantic 6,295 9.9 2,132 3.3

MIDWEST 8,346 10.5 2,416 3.0
 East North Central 4,052 8.6 1,431 3.1
 West North Central 4,294 13.1 985 3.0

SOUTH 29,244 13.8 7,670 3.6
 South Atlantic 17,824 15.9 4,112 3.7
 East South Central 3,633 10.8 1,252 3.7
 West South Central 7,787 11.8 2,306 3.5

WEST 13,962 11.0 3,927 3.1
 Mountain 4,668 12.6 1,092 2.9
 Pacific 9,294 10.3 2,835 3.1

 Number of Number of
 reporting Population officers
Area agencies covered employed

Total 10,456 225,597,839 499,396

NORTHEAST 1,884 33,459,255 81,316
 New England 442 7,969,776 17,491
 Middle Atlantic 1,442 25,489,479 63,825

MIDWEST 2,804 41,111,906 79,533
 East North Central 1,269 24,085,816 46,853
 West North Central 1,535 17,026,090 32,680

SOUTH 4,192 90,761,001 211,397
 South Atlantic 1,695 45,882,155 111,929
 East South Central 1,063 14,654,727 33,680
 West South Central 1,434 30,224,119 65,788

WEST 1,579 60,265,677 127,150
 Mountain 723 18,235,236 37,033
 Pacific 856 42,030,441 90,117

(1) Regional and divisional totals do not include data for Illinois,
Vermont, and West Virginia, which were not available for inclusion
in this tabulation.

Table 64
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Population Group of Victim Officer's Agency, 2004

 Rate per Assaults Rate per
 100 with 100
Population group Total officers injury officers

Total 59,373 11.9 16,563 3.3

Group I (cities 250,000
 and over) 15,617 17.1 4,279 4.7
Group II (cities
 100,000 - 249,999) 6,505 15.5 1,866 4.5
Group III (cities
 50,000 - 99,999) 6,159 14.6 1,808 4.3
Group IV (cities
 25,000 - 49,999) 4,865 12.5 1,301 3.3
Group V (cities
 10,000 - 24,999) 4,471 10.5 1,252 2.9
Group VI (cities under
 10,000) 4,783 7.9 1,447 2.4
Metropolitan counties 14,317 10.3 3,883 2.8
Nonmetropolitan counties 2,656 6.2 727 1.7

Table 65
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Time of Day of Incident, Percent Distribution, 1995-2004

Time Total 1995 1996 1997

Total 566,523 57,762 46,608 52,149
 Percent
 distribution
 (1) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

A.M.
 12:01 - 2 86,152 9,008 7,251 7,971
 15.2 15.6 15.6 15.3
 2:01 - 4 55,086 5,672 4,582 5,013
 9.7 9.8 9.8 9.6
 4:01 - 6 21,349 2,194 1,750 1,894
 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.6
 6:01 - 8 13,799 1,241 915 1,072
 2.4 2.1 2.0 2.1
 8:01 - 10 21,886 1,899 1,601 1,846
 3.9 3.3 3.4 3.5
 10:01 - Noon 28,143 2,682 2,008 2,333
 5.0 4.6 4.3 4.5
P.M.
 12:01 - 2 32,441 3,127 2,546 2,772
 5.7 5.4 5.5 5.3
 2:01 - 4 40,421 3,868 3,281 3,659
 7.1 6.7 7.0 7.0
 4:01 - 6 50,767 5,097 4,143 4,719
 9.0 8.8 8.9 9.0
 6:01 - 8 60,512 6,139 5,082 5,727
 10.7 10.6 10.9 11.0
 8:01 - 10 74,822 7,780 6,319 7,108
 13.2 13.5 13.6 13.6
 10:01 - Midnight 81,145 9,055 7,130 8,035
 14.3 15.7 15.3 15.4

Time 1998 1999 2000 2001

Total 60,673 55,971 58,398 57,463
 Percent
 distribution
 (1) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

A.M.
 12:01 - 2 8,986 8,426 8,960 8,924
 14.8 15.1 15.3 15.5
 2:01 - 4 5,858 5,371 5,708 5,771
 9.7 9.6 9.8 10.0
 4:01 - 6 2,240 2,020 2,254 2,224
 3.7 3.6 3.9 3.9
 6:01 - 8 1,505 1,331 1,427 1,514
 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.6
 8:01 - 10 2,355 2,060 2,311 2,304
 3.9 3.7 4.0 4.0
 10:01 - Noon 3,021 2,675 2,920 2,905
 5.0 4.8 5.0 5.1
P.M.
 12:01 - 2 3,246 3,006 3,641 3,349
 5.3 5.4 6.2 5.8
 2:01 - 4 4,225 4,053 3,929 4,168
 7.0 7.2 6.7 7.3
 4:01 - 6 5,505 5,152 5,298 5,039
 9.1 9.2 9.1 8.8
 6:01 - 8 6,553 6,012 6,198 6,087
 10.8 10.7 10.6 10.6
 8:01 - 10 8,125 7,697 7,675 7,577
 13.4 13.8 13.1 13.2
 10:01 - Midnight 9,054 8,168 8,077 7,601
 14.9 14.6 13.8 13.2

Time 2002 2003 2004

Total 59,526 58,600 59,373
 Percent
 distribution
 (1) 100.0 100.0 100.0

A.M.
 12:01 - 2 8,815 8,924 8,887
 14.8 15.2 15.0
 2:01 - 4 5,753 5,604 5,754
 9.7 9.6 9.7
 4:01 - 6 2,314 2,288 2,171
 3.9 3.9 3.7
 6:01 - 8 1,608 1,569 1,617
 2.7 2.7 2.7
 8:01 - 10 2,496 2,434 2,580
 4.2 4.2 4.3
 10:01 - Noon 3,167 3,199 3,233
 5.3 5.5 5.4
P.M.
 12:01 - 2 3,586 3,567 3,601
 6.0 6.1 6.1
 2:01 - 4 4,389 4,368 4,481
 7.4 7.5 7.5
 4:01 - 6 5,332 5,197 5,285
 9.0 8.9 8.9
 6:01 - 8 6,278 6,408 6,028
 10.5 10.9 10.2
 8:01 - 10 7,609 7,397 7,535
 12.8 12.6 12.7
 10:01 - Midnight 8,179 7,645 8,201
 13.7 13.0 13.8

(1) Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.

NOTE: Assault figures published in prior years' editions of Law
Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted have been updated in
this table.

Table 66
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Circumstance at Scene of Incident and Percent Cleared (1) by Population
Group, 2004

 Group Group Group Group
Circumstance Total I II III IV

Total 59,373 15,617 6,505 6,159 4,865
 Percent cleared 87.5 90.2 86.9 87.5 85.8

Disturbance calls (family
 quarrels, bar fights,
 person with firearm,
 etc.) 18,234 4,932 2,227 2,073 1,609
 Percent cleared 89.0 91.4 87.2 88.7 85.8

Burglaries in progress/
 pursuing burglary
 suspects 850 261 118 90 78
 Percent cleared 86.8 83.1 89.0 93.3 79.5

Robberies in progress/
 pursuing robbery
 suspects 544 223 60 54 45
 Percent cleared 87.3 86.1 81.7 87.0 86.7

Attempting other arrests 9,674 2,348 1,150 1,165 986
 Percent cleared 88.8 92.9 88.1 87.2 87.7

Civil disorders (mass
 disobedience, riot,
 etc.) 734 175 100 100 68
 Percent cleared 86.9 85.7 89.0 84.0 91.2

Handling, transporting,
 custody of prisoners 7,748 1,777 589 532 534
 Percent cleared 87.8 95.3 88.8 88.5 84.6

Investigating suspicious
 persons/circumstances 5,532 1,936 652 684 453
 Percent cleared 86.7 87.0 84.8 86.7 83.9

Ambush situations 189 63 17 12 7
 Percent cleared 66.7 74.6 64.7 75.0 71.4

Handling mentally
 deranged persons 1,079 252 91 110 86
 Percent cleared 81.3 78.6 87.9 82.7 81.4

Traffic pursuits/stops 6,568 1,689 682 634 477
 Percent cleared 86.7 88.6 86.4 86.9 88.7

All other 8,221 1,961 819 705 522
 Percent cleared 85.0 87.7 85.7 85.4 83.7

 Nonmet-
 Group Group Metropolitan ropolitan
Circumstance V VI counties counties

Total 4,471 4,783 14,317 2,656
 Percent cleared 84.1 87.4 87.1 83.7

Disturbance calls (family
 quarrels, bar fights,
 person with firearm,
 etc.) 1,628 1,497 3,537 731
 Percent cleared 85.0 88.6 91.0 87.4

Burglaries in progress/
 pursuing burglary
 suspects 56 49 177 21
 Percent cleared 80.4 87.8 92.1 90.5

Robberies in progress/
 pursuing robbery
 suspects 34 22 92 14
 Percent cleared 97.1 95.5 91.3 71.4

Attempting other arrests 859 831 1,901 434
 Percent cleared 81.3 88.3 90.1 85.3

Civil disorders (mass
 disobedience, riot,
 etc.) 58 67 140 26
 Percent cleared 91.4 83.6 85.7 92.3

Handling, transporting,
 custody of prisoners 510 563 2,823 420
 Percent cleared 84.7 91.3 84.4 79.3

Investigating suspicious
 persons/circumstances 363 408 882 154
 Percent cleared 84.8 89.5 88.7 84.4

Ambush situations 15 22 44 9
 Percent cleared 80.0 59.1 56.8 44.4

Handling mentally
 deranged persons 70 122 293 55
 Percent cleared 88.6 84.4 78.5 78.2

Traffic pursuits/stops 450 643 1,559 434
 Percent cleared 84.9 85.8 85.4 85.7

All other 428 559 2,869 358
 Percent cleared 82.2 80.7 85.1 77.9

(1) Offenses reported to the national UCR Program can be cleared either
by arrest placing formal charges against the offender).

Table 67
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Assignment,
Percent Distribution, 2004

 1-Officer vehicle

 2-Officer
Circumstance Total vehicle Alone Assisted

Total 59,373 10,245 14,382 23,121
 Percent of total assignments
 (1) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Disturbance calls (family
 quarrels, bar fights,
 person with firearm, etc.) 18,234 3,420 4,205 8,699
 Percent of total assignments 30.7 33.4 29.2 37.6

Burglaries in progress/
 pursuing burglary suspects 850 164 195 391
 Percent of total assignments 1.4 1.6 1.4 1.7

Robberies in progress/pursuing
 robbery suspects 544 132 119 228
 Percent of total assignments 0.9 1.3 0.8 1.0

Attempting other arrests 9,674 1,519 2,159 3,975
 Percent of total assignments 16.3 14.8 15.0 17.2

Civil disorders (mass
 disobedience, riot, etc.) 734 141 150 244
 Percent of total assignments 1.2 1.4 1.0 1.1

Handling, transporting,
 custody of prisoners 7,748 830 1,448 2,008
 Percent of total assignments 13.0 8.1 10.1 8.7

Investigating suspicious
 persons/circumstances 5,532 1,431 1,390 1,849
 Percent of total assignments 9.3 14.0 9.7 8.0

Ambush situations 189 28 56 40
 Percent of total assignments 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.2

Handling mentally deranged
 persons 1,079 195 223 507
 Percent of total assignments 1.8 1.9 1.6 2.2

Traffic pursuits/stops 6,568 1,170 2,168 2,675
 Percent of total assignments 11.1 11.4 15.1 11.6

All other 8,221 1,215 2,269 2,505
 Percent of total assignments 13.8 11.9 15.8 10.8

 Detective/
 special
 assignment Other

Circumstance Alone Assisted Alone Assisted

Total 920 2,035 2,472 6,198
 Percent of total assignments
 (1) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Disturbance calls (family
 quarrels, bar fights,
 person with firearm, etc.) 213 273 339 1,085
 Percent of total assignments 23.2 13.4 13.7 17.5

Burglaries in progress/
 pursuing burglary suspects 11 28 19 42
 Percent of total assignments 1.2 1.4 0.8 0.7

Robberies in progress/pursuing
 robbery suspects 13 12 16 24
 Percent of total assignments 1.4 0.6 0.6 0.4

Attempting other arrests 173 630 309 909
 Percent of total assignments 18.8 31.0 12.5 14.7

Civil disorders (mass
 disobedience, riot, etc.) 18 45 42 94
 Percent of total assignments 2.0 2.2 1.7 1.5

Handling, transporting,
 custody of prisoners 111 242 816 2,293
 Percent of total assignments 12.1 11.9 33.0 37.0

Investigating suspicious
 persons/circumstances 110 256 145 351
 Percent of total assignments 12.0 12.6 5.9 5.7

Ambush situations 2 10 24 29
 Percent of total assignments 0.2 0.5 1.0 0.5

Handling mentally deranged
 persons 9 20 24 101
 Percent of total assignments 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.6

Traffic pursuits/stops 61 165 70 259
 Percent of total assignments 6.6 8.1 2.8 4.2

All other 199 354 668 1,011
 Percent of total assignments 21.6 17.4 27.0 16.3

(1) Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.

Table 68
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Number of Assaults and Percent Injured by Type of Weapon, 1995-2004

 Knife or
 other Other
 cutting dangerous
 Total Firearm instrument weapon

1995 Total assaults 57,762 2,354 1,356 6,414
 Percent injured 30.0 19.0 23.9 31.1

1996 Total assaults 46,608 1,878 871 5,069
 Percent injured 32.1 24.8 30.7 39.4

1997 Total assaults 52,149 2,110 971 5,800
 Percent injured 30.4 23.1 25.4 32.1

1998 Total assaults 60,673 2,126 1,098 7,415
 Percent injured 30.7 20.7 23.7 30.2

1999 Total assaults 55,971 1,772 999 7,560
 Percent injured 28.0 11.9 17.5 27.1

2000 Total assaults 58,398 1,749 1,015 8,132
 Percent injured 28.1 11.4 15.2 26.9

2001 Total assaults 57,463 1,841 1,168 8,233
 Percent injured 28.3 10.3 15.3 26.1

2002 Total assaults 59,526 1,927 1,061 8,526
 Percent injured 28.2 11.4 15.1 25.7

2003 Total assaults 58,600 1,879 1,084 8,180
 Percent injured 28.2 10.7 13.4 25.4

2004 Total assaults 59,373 2,109 1,121 8,598
 Percent injured 27.9 9.6 14.1 25.7

 Number of Number of
 Personal reporting Population officers
 weapons agencies covered employed

1995 Total assaults 47,638 8,503 191,759,197 428,379
 Percent injured 30.7

1996 Total assaults 38,790 7,803 165,263,526 371,964
 Percent injured 31.5

1997 Total assaults 43,268 8,120 184,824,864 411,015
 Percent injured 30.6

1998 Total assaults 50,034 8,153 193,098,427 452,361
 Percent injured 31.3

1999 Total assaults 45,640 9,832 207,124,112 462,782
 Percent injured 29.0

2000 Total assaults 47,502 8,940 204,598,589 452,531
 Percent injured 29.2

2001 Total assaults 46,221 9,773 213,645,308 471,096
 Percent injured 29.7

2002 Total assaults 48,012 10,164 219,424,713 491,009
 Percent injured 29.7

2003 Total assaults 47,457 10,539 225,769,768 501,738
 Percent injured 29.7

2004 Total assaults 47,545 10,459 225,597,839 499,396
 Percent injured 29.4

NOTE: Assault figures published Law Enforcement Officers in prior
years' edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted have
been updated in this table.

Table 69
Law Enforcement Officers

Region, Geographic Division, and State by Type of Weapon, 2004

 Knife or
 other
 cutting
Area Total Firearm instrument

Total 59,373 2,109 1,121
 Percent distribution (1) 100.0 3.6 1.9
NORTHEAST 7,821 373 142
 New England 1,526 17 17
 Connecticut 400 5 8
 Maine 285 0 2
 Massachusetts 172 2 1
 New Hampshire 204 1 0
 Rhode Island 465 9 6
 Vermont (2)
 Middle Atlantic 6,295 356 125
 New Jersey 2,968 47 30
 New York 705 3 6
 Pennsylvania 2,622 306 89
MIDWEST 8,346 258 135
 East North Central 4,052 92 64
 Illinois (2)
 Indiana 1,198 15 8
 Michigan 1,229 41 34
 Ohio 742 11 12
 Wisconsin 883 25 10
 West North Central 4,294 166 71
 Iowa 484 7 10
 Kansas 1,118 19 13
 Minnesota 65 2 4
 Missouri 2,353 134 35
 Nebraska 180 1 4
 North Dakota 52 0 0
 South Dakota 42 3 5
SOUTH 29,244 938 569
 South Atlantic 17,824 399 285
 Delaware 330 10 12
 District of Columbia (3) 42 2 0
 Florida 8,717 164 137
 Georgia 791 29 11
 Maryland 3,864 54 46
 North Carolina 1,741 59 37
 South Carolina 981 34 18
 Virginia 1,358 47 24
 West Virginia (2)
 East South Central 3,633 279 122
 Alabama 345 12 3
 Kentucky 733 78 41
 Mississippi 310 21 4
 Tennessee 2,245 168 74
 West South Central 7,787 260 162
 Arkansas 138 13 1
 Louisiana 1,907 15 13
 Oklahoma 898 62 16
 Texas 4,844 170 132
WEST 13,962 540 275
 Mountain 4,668 222 132
 Arizona 2,067 122 47
 Colorado 815 39 16
 Idaho 282 8 7
 Montana 63 3 3
 Nevada 458 16 19
 New Mexico 672 23 37
 Utah 254 6 2
 Wyoming 57 5 1
 Pacific 9,294 318 143
 Alaska 217 21 9
 California 7,330 249 109
 Hawaii 324 11 5
 Oregon 322 5 1
 Washington 1,101 32 19

 Other Number of
 dangerous Personal reporting
Area weapon weapons agencies

Total 8,598 47,545 10,459
 Percent distribution (1) 14.5 80.1
NORTHEAST 1,016 6,290 1,884
 New England 190 1,302 442
 Connecticut 47 340 99
 Maine 20 263 130
 Massachusetts 18 151 52
 New Hampshire 18 185 118
 Rhode Island 87 363 43
 Vermont (2)
 Middle Atlantic 826 4,988 1,442
 New Jersey 395 2,496 482
 New York 80 616 373
 Pennsylvania 351 1,876 587
MIDWEST 901 7,052 2,804
 East North Central 370 3,526 1,269
 Illinois (2)
 Indiana 86 1,089 171
 Michigan 166 988 560
 Ohio 88 631 204
 Wisconsin 30 818 334
 West North Central 531 3,526 1,535
 Iowa 102 365 229
 Kansas 72 1,014 240
 Minnesota 9 50 298
 Missouri 320 1,864 488
 Nebraska 22 153 128
 North Dakota 2 50 71
 South Dakota 4 30 81
SOUTH 4,612 23,125 4,192
 South Atlantic 2,769 14,371 1,695
 Delaware 66 242 51
 District of Columbia (3) 7 33 1
 Florida 1,458 6,958 400
 Georgia 94 657 189
 Maryland 497 3,267 146
 North Carolina 183 1,462 381
 South Carolina 132 797 286
 Virginia 332 955 241
 West Virginia (2)
 East South Central 956 2,276 1,063
 Alabama 63 267 257
 Kentucky 268 346 260
 Mississippi 25 260 109
 Tennessee 600 1,403 437
 West South Central 887 6,478 1,434
 Arkansas 15 109 38
 Louisiana 129 1,750 128
 Oklahoma 111 709 297
 Texas 632 3,910 971
WEST 2,069 11,078 1,579
 Mountain 887 3,427 723
 Arizona 330 1,568 82
 Colorado 293 467 188
 Idaho 15 252 117
 Montana 13 44 76
 Nevada 75 348 34
 New Mexico 111 501 66
 Utah 44 202 99
 Wyoming 6 45 61
 Pacific 1,182 7,651 856
 Alaska 34 153 30
 California 982 5,990 453
 Hawaii 26 282 3
 Oregon 27 289 137
 Washington 113 937 233

 Number of
 Population officers
Area covered employed

Total 225,597,839 499,396
 Percent distribution (1)
NORTHEAST 33,459,255 81,316
 New England 7,969,776 17,491
 Connecticut 3,473,737 1,833
 Maine 1,314,897 1,883
 Massachusetts 1,190,760 3,663
 New Hampshire 916,087 1,639
 Rhode Island 1,074,295 2,473
 Vermont (2)
 Middle Atlantic 25,489,479 63,825
 New Jersey 8,344,887 22,588
 New York 9,551,445 23,587
 Pennsylvania 7,593,147 17,650
MIDWEST 41,111,906 79,533
 East North Central 24,085,816 46,853
 Illinois (2)
 Indiana 4,995,588 8,323
 Michigan 9,711,566 19,699
 Ohio 4,253,901 7,600
 Wisconsin 5,124,761 11,231
 West North Central 17,026,090 32,680
 Iowa 2,918,033 4,357
 Kansas 2,069,011 5,525
 Minnesota 4,298,305 6,802
 Missouri 4,977,855 10,779
 Nebraska 1,596,305 3,269
 North Dakota 585,488 986
 South Dakota 581,093 962
SOUTH 90,761,001 211,397
 South Atlantic 45,882,155 111,929
 Delaware 754,178 1,985
 District of Columbia (3) 0 353
 Florida 17,388,725 42,343
 Georgia 4,276,053 12,609
 Maryland 5,553,146 14,895
 North Carolina 6,482,360 15,319
 South Carolina 4,135,164 9,756
 Virginia 7,292,529 14,669
 West Virginia (2)
 East South Central 14,654,727 33,680
 Alabama 3,951,087 8,226
 Kentucky 3,073,406 6,115
 Mississippi 1,789,015 3,886
 Tennessee 5,841,219 15,453
 West South Central 30,224,119 65,788
 Arkansas 858,754 2,050
 Louisiana 3,492,509 12,088
 Oklahoma 3,523,553 6,189
 Texas 22,349,303 45,461
WEST 60,265,677 127,150
 Mountain 18,235,236 37,033
 Arizona 5,435,217 10,909
 Colorado 4,270,477 10,132
 Idaho 1,383,429 2,441
 Montana 631,069 977
 Nevada 2,329,511 4,372
 New Mexico 1,493,844 3,593
 Utah 2,198,996 3,532
 Wyoming 492,693 1,077
 Pacific 42,030,441 90,117
 Alaska 639,285 1,164
 California 31,125,529 72,699
 Hawaii 1,103,758 2,333
 Oregon 3,039,800 4,222
 Washington 6,122,069 9,699

(1) Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.

(2) Data for Illinois, Vermont, and West Virginia were not
available for inclusion in this table.

(3) The figure represents the number of assaults on officers
reported by the Metro Transit Police.

Table 70
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Population Group of Victim Officer's Agency by Type of Weapon, 2004

 Knife or
 other
 cutting
Population group Total Firearm instrument

Total 59,373 2,109 1,121
 Percent distribution (1) 100.0 3.6 1.9
Group I (cities 250,000 and over) 15,617 873 323
Group II (cities 100,000 - 249,999) 6,505 172 122
Group III (cities 50,000 - 99,999) 6,159 163 108
Group IV (cities 25,000 - 49,999) 4,865 114 71
Group V (cities 10,000 - 24,999) 4,471 82 71
Group VI (cities under 10,000) 4,783 137 100
Metropolitan counties 14,317 374 246
Nonmetropolitan counties 2,656 194 80

 Other
 dangerous Personal
Population group weapon weapons

Total 8,598 47,545
 Percent distribution (1) 14.5 80.1
Group I (cities 250,000 and over) 2,367 12,054
Group II (cities 100,000 - 249,999) 1,002 5,209
Group III (cities 50,000 - 99,999) 815 5,073
Group IV (cities 25,000 - 49,999) 647 4,033
Group V (cities 10,000 - 24,999) 572 3,746
Group VI (cities under 10,000) 749 3,797
Metropolitan counties 1,938 11,759
Nonmetropolitan counties 508 1,874

(1) Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.

Table 71
Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted

Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Weapon,
Percent Distribution, (1) 2004

 Knife or
 other
 cutting
Circumstance Total Firearm instrument

Total 59,373 2,109 1,121
 Percent distribution 100.0 3.6 1.9
Disturbance calls (family quarrels,
 bar fights, person with
 firearm, etc.) 18,234 763 550
 Percent distribution 100.0 4.2 3.0
Burglaries in progress/pursuing
 burglary suspects 850 59 32
 Percent distribution 100.0 6.9 3.8
Robberies in progress/pursuing
 robbery suspects 544 112 20
 Percent distribution 100.0 20.6 3.7
Attempting other arrests 9,674 246 119
 Percent distribution 100.0 2.5 1.2
Civil disorders (mass disobedience,
 riot, etc.) 734 15 9
 Percent distribution 100.0 2.0 1.2
Handling, transporting, custody of
 prisoners 7,748 33 23
 Percent distribution 100.0 0.4 0.3
Investigating suspicious persons/
 circumstances 5,532 302 117
 Percent distribution 100.0 5.5 2.1
Ambush situations 189 40 5
 Percent distribution 100.0 21.2 2.6
Handling mentally deranged persons 1,079 32 80
 Percent distribution 100.0 3.0 7.4
Traffic pursuits/stops 6,568 209 42
 Percent distribution 100.0 3.2 0.6
All other 8,221 298 124
 Percent distribution 100.0 3.6 1.5

 Other
 dangerous Personal
Circumstance weapon weapons

Total 8,598 47,545
 Percent distribution 14.5 80.1
Disturbance calls (family quarrels,
 bar fights, person with
 firearm, etc.) 1,743 15,178
 Percent distribution 9.6 83.2
Burglaries in progress/pursuing
 burglary suspects 219 540
 Percent distribution 25.8 63.5
Robberies in progress/pursuing
 robbery suspects 104 308
 Percent distribution 19.1 56.6
Attempting other arrests 1,107 8,202
 Percent distribution 11.4 84.8
Civil disorders (mass disobedience,
 riot, etc.) 111 599
 Percent distribution 15.1 81.6
Handling, transporting, custody of
 prisoners 590 7,102
 Percent distribution 7.6 91.7
Investigating suspicious persons/
 circumstances 844 4,269
 Percent distribution 15.3 77.2
Ambush situations 49 95
 Percent distribution 25.9 50.3
Handling mentally deranged persons 120 847
 Percent distribution 11.1 78.5
Traffic pursuits/stops 2,428 3,889
 Percent distribution 37.0 59.2
All other 1,283 6,516
 Percent distribution 15.6 79.3

(1) Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.
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