The night five Dallas officers were gunned down marked one of the deadliest days for law enforcement.
As a whole, 2016 saw more deaths than in the five previous years, but something changed this year: Killings dropped.
As of today, 128 officers have died in the line of duty, 44 of them shot and killed. That’s down from 2016, when 135 officers died, 64 of them gunned down, according to data released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Deaths in 2017 have hit a nearly 58-year low. The only other year with fewer deaths since 1959 was in 2013, when 116 officers were killed.