Washington, (AP) - The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund released preliminary date Wednesday.
It shows that 87 officers died in the line of duty between Janurary 1st and June 30th. That's compared with 61 officers during the first six months of last year.
The deaths were spread across 36 states and Puerto Rico, with California, Texas, and Florida showig the most fatalities. Other states included Virginia and Maryland, where a state trooper was fatally shot June 11th.
Among the causes of death were traffic accidents and shootings. If the trend continues, 2010 could become one of the deadlies years for U.S. police agencies in two decades.