The number of police deaths in the United States has been dropping, according to a new report.
Data released Thursday by the National Police Athletic Association (NPA) shows that the number fell to 6,829 in 2017 from 8,639 in 2016, an improvement of nearly 10 percent.
The NPA’s data shows that, from January 1 to March 31, 2017, the total number of homicides and police officer deaths decreased from 3,964 to 2,983, with 2,543 homicides and 661 police officer fatalities.
The numbers of police killings also fell by about 10 percent over the same time period, with 3,749 deaths and 5,812 police officer killings.
This is the lowest number of such homicides and officer fatalities since data was first compiled in 2002.
According to the NPA, this is the largest decrease in the number recorded in any year since the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDS) began.NPA data also shows that homicides and shootings have declined in many cities across the country, with Los Angeles County seeing the greatest drop.
This data was compiled from more than 6,000 incident reports from the FBI and the NPDSA.NPDSA data is only available to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. The report did not break down the data by city.
According a report by the Associated Press, the number and types of police fatalities have been decreasing in recent years as the number in the country has risen.
The number of law enforcement officers has dropped from an average of 8,200 in 2010 to an average around 7,000 today.
This decrease has been driven by fewer deaths, the report says.
In 2016, there were 1,817 officers who were killed by a firearm.
That was a decrease of more than 50 percent from 2016.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization, reported that in 2017 there were 4,931 officers who died on the job.
This figure is the third lowest since 2014.
The organization said that there are more than 7,500 people who were involved in an officer-involved shooting, a figure that has risen from about 3,600 in 2017.