“A moment in time to be the best…”

Captain Wemmer

Mission Statement

The Peace Officer Safety Institute, Center for the Study of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA), is dedicated to making local, state, tribal, and federal peace officers safer. The Center’s ultimate goal is the prevention of peace officer assaults, murders, and accidental deaths. To accomplish this mission, the Center analyzes officer safety data, reviews critical law enforcement incidents, and presents realistic training to enhance peace officer performance during unanticipated, high stress, and rapidly changing conditions. The Center gathers peace officer safety information to share as a clearinghouse for the law enforcement community.

What We Do

Conduct independent critical incident reviews

Complete confidential and public critical incident reports

Determine causal factors in a peace officer’s injury or death

Present reality-based scenario training encompassing shock, startle, and surprise

Provide training presentations to make peace officers more effective and safer

Present critical incident decision-making for supervisors and command personnel

Safety Considerations

California Peace Officers Murdered in 2020 and 2021

June 21, 2022 by Charles Moorman & Richard Wemmer | Today, policing has become more demanding, difficult, and dangerous. Although peace officers learn how to be resilient, the disrespect, distrust, and hostility toward law enforcement is at an all-time high. More...

National Peace Officer Fatalities

2022 vs. 2023

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Total Fatalities

Firearms Related

Traffic Causes

Other Causes