Welcome to the
Center for the Study
Law Enforcement Officers
Killed and Assaulted

Mission Statement

The Peace Officer Safety Institute, Center for the Study of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, is dedicated to making local, state 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

National Peace Officer Fatalities
LEOKA Statistics


January 1 through March 28, 2020


January 1 through March 28, 2019


Total Fatalities (28 vs. 40)  -30%

Firearms Related  (12 vs. 17)  -29%

Traffic Related  (14 vs. 14)  0%

Other Causes  (2 vs. 9)  -78%


Source: National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
Facts and Figures

Research Activities

Critical Incident Reviews

“The Eviction Murders”

“Tragedy In Hughson”

“The Minkler Incident”

“Active Shooter – Goleta”

Show Reviews

California LEOKA

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Training Considerations

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Buena Park Police Department
21st Century Policing
Officer Safety and Tactics

Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County
Blue Lives in Jeopardy – Surviving Your Attacker

Golden West College
Regional Criminal Justice Training Center
Use of Force and De-escalation

Orange County Chief’s and Sheriff’s Association
Use of Force and De-escalation

Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation
Officer Safety and Tactics

California Highway Patrol
All Commanders Training Session

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Southern Leadership Executive Development

Secure Community Network
Homeland Security Summit
Boston, MA

California Reserve Peace Officers Association
Forced Encounters

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Best Class Award

Golden Badge Award

Top Management Award

California POST

Excellence in Training Award, Lifetime Achievement

Personal Appreciation

Trauma Support

Golden West College

Lifetime Achievement


Ed Deuel
Huntington Beach Police Department, Lieutenant, Retired

Rich Wemmer
Los Angeles Police Department, Captain III, Retired

Marcus Young
Ukiah Police Department, Sergeant, Retired
Former FBI LEOKA Instructor