FBI stats reveal killings of police officers surged in 2014

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Law Enforcement Officer Deaths Up From 2013's Historic Low

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released statistics Monday saying that 51 police officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014.

According to the preliminary figures, that number is an 89 percent increase compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013. The report also notes that 2013 saw a dramatic drop to a 35-year low mark since 1980. In the years since then 64 law enforcement officers were killed annually in the line of duty.

Of those 51 law enforcement deaths in 2014, 11 came after disturbance calls, 10 after traffic stops or pursuits and eight from ambushes.

The numbers come after Hattiesburg, Mississippi, lost its first officers in the line of duty in decades. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed after making a traffic stop Saturday.

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 18: Police carry the flag-draped coffin of slain Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, 23, following a funeral mass on July 18, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Police from the New Jersey and New York area took part in a procession and for Santiago, who was shot and killed in the line of duty during an armed robbery. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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"The men and women who go out every day to protect us, the men and women who go out every day to make sure that we're safe, they were turned on tonight," the mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi said of that deadly incident.

The FBI's latest figures don't include Deen and Tate, as their deaths took place this year. Still, police deaths in the line of duty - especially amid tensions across the country - highlight the difficulties of the job.

The FBI also released data about the geographic regions in which the fatal incidents occurred, revealing 17 officers died in the South, 14 officers in the West, eight officers in the Midwest, eight in the Northeast, and four in Puerto Rico.

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HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: Police officers and other mourners depart a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: An American flag hangs following a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: Law enforcement and other mourners gather during a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
MURDER SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED: If you have any information on Curtis Banks or Marvin Banks call your local agency. http://t.co/Hfw99XJt2f
Photos from earlier at the scene at the Bouie Street intersection where 2 HPD officers where killed. #WDAM http://t.co/MdkeZ7sw79
Humbled by the unselfishness of #PoliceOfficers Deen and Tate #ThankYou #LEO #Hattiesburg http://t.co/yzCkx0DHlH
BREAKING: Two Hattiesburg police officers shot. http://t.co/z0SdDu3S1Q
It's with great sadness to say that one of our brothers with Hattiesburg PD was killed in the line of duty. Prayers for his family.
Mayor DuPree prepares to go live with @wdam @RyanMooreMS 4 latest on the HPD officers shot. Tune in @10 #Hattiesburg http://t.co/6IBGr2w5qb
JUST IN: Two police officers shot, killed in Mississippi. Authorities looking for shooter. http://t.co/PmoXNvX8Go http://t.co/NTQsJmyxAu
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