To ensure the comprehensive collection of these statistics, the FBI's field offices notify the LEOKA program when an officer within their jurisdiction is killed in the line of duty.
In 2004, the LEOKA program coordinator met with members of IACP's Highway Safety Committee and the Law Enforcement Stops and Safety (LESS) Subcommittee to discuss law enforcement safety issues, specifically the rapid rise in the number of officers dying in accidents.
To carry this mission forward, the LEOKA program coordinator became a member of the LESS Subcommittee and solicited input from all of the members of the IACP's Highway Safety Committee and the LESS Subcommittee.
In May 2008, the LEOKA redesign team completed the final drafts of both Analysis of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted forms; one is for officers accidentally killed, and the other is for officers feloniously killed or injured with a firearm, knife, or other cutting instrument during a felonious assault.
It is anticipated that the annual LEOKA publication will double in size and assist law enforcement managers, trainers, and personnel in the identification of training issues for preventing line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries to law enforcement personnel.
The lessons to be learned from LEOKA are a gift from and tribute to the victim officers.
The tables in LEOKA provide many ways to examine the data.
Agencies that submit data for LEOKA contribute to a shared understanding of the scope and nature of crimes wherein the responding law enforcement officers become victims.
The UCR Program's information on law enforcement officers killed and assaulted serves not only as the basis of the annual LEOKA
publication, but also as a rich source of data for those who study the problems of officer deaths and assaults.