A drop in officer deaths is being linked to an increase in use of body armor within the force.
If you look at nationwide statistics, two years ago there were 72 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Last year that number was 48.
And one reason for that drop is likely the increased use of body armor.
Those figures were released this week by the FBI. Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum says within the law enforcement industry there has been a sea of change in the thinking on body armor.
According to Reuters, In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice began mandating the use of body armor for police departments that received certain federal grants. But late last year, 92 percent of federal law enforcement departments said they required officers to wear armor.
In 2009, that had been the case in just 59 percent of those departments.
Police dogs also have more protection. In recent years, there has been more of a push to get the K-9s some much needed protection in the field.
Over the weekend a police officer in Stafford, Texas was shot during a traffic stop. She was shot in the chest and leg.
Police say it was the officer's ballistic vest that without a doubt saved her life.
Police in Houston say that is just yet another example of why officer's need to be wearing a vest at all times.
Accidents, especially car crashes, were the second leading cause of death among officers nationwide. Last year 47 officers died in accidents, that's down from 53 two years ago.