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Police deaths up 13 percent in 2011

Police deaths up 13 percent in 2011

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty in the U.S. jumped 13 percent this year -- 173 compared with 153 last year -- and for the first time in more than a decade more died from gunfire than by motor vehicle accident.

These figures come from the preliminary report compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks deaths of police officers. Read the full report here.

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