This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) references The Officer Down Memorial Page database, which honors U.S. law enforcement officers (local, state, and federal) who lost their lives in the line of duty. More than 20,000 United States law enforcement officers are included. Records begin in 1791, although coverage is sparse prior to 1860. Each record covers one officer, and generally provides:
· department location
· date of death
· death location
· birth year or age
· tour of duty (length of service)
· badge number
· incident date
· short description of the incident
· link to the Officer Down Memorial Page
You can search for a particular law enforcement officer, or you can search for deaths on a particular date or during a particular date range. You can also search Death Location, so it’s easy to do a search like this one:
· DATE: 1935 (+ or - 5 years)
· DEATH LOCATION: Missouri, USA
· RESULTS 69
Note: Photos are uniformly small in size (and generally black & white)--occasionally you can click for a larger sized image.
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library and our branches.