The National Fraternal Order of Police announced Thursday that ambush-style attacks on police officers are up more than 90 percent compared to the same point last year.
The group said there have been 40 ambush-style attacks on officers so far in 2021, with 51 officers being shot from the attacks. Thirteen officers died from their injuries. Such attacks have increased by 91 percent since 2020, the first year the group started tracking them. The group defined ambush-style attacks in its 2020 summary as attacks that are “carried out with an element of surprise and intended to deprive officers of the ability to defend against the attack.”
The FOP recently chastised the media and politicians, stating, “As Violent Crime SURGES across American,” the FOP tweeted, “some politicians and some in the media are gaslighting the public into thinking the Police are the Problem…” Patrick Yoes, FOP National President, told Fox News earlier this week, “There’s definitely a lack of respect. All we have to do is simply look at the increase in ambush attacks on law enforcement officers. That shows that there’s definitely a lot more aggression towards law enforcement than there was in previous years.”
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Officers saw increasingly hostile environments last year amid protests against police brutality and also struggled through a lack of training and low pay. A study from the Police Executive Research Forum found that from April 2020 to April 2021, retirements were up 45% and resignations rose by 18% in the year [The Hill].