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FBI Stats Show Increase in Police Officers Killed, Assaulted in 2010

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI has released its annual figures on law enforcement officers killed and wounded for last year. The report shows that 56 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in 2010, and more than 53,000 officers were assaulted last year, an increase in the death rate over 48 from the previous year.

The FBI notes that it's hard to draw conclusions about the data, for example, in 2001, 70 officers were killed in the line of duty (excluding the events of 9/11), and five years ago, 48 officers were killed in felonies.

The 2010 report also shows 72 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty; almost all of those deaths involving vehicles.

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