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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

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There were 503 officers with the DHS who were attacked in 2016. Of the officers attacked, 146 sustained injuries, 357 officers were not injured, and no officers were killed. (See Tables 123 and 125.) The following provides information by agency within the DHS:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection—484 officers were attacked. Of these officers, 139 were injured, all with weapons other than firearms. (See Tables 123 and 124.) 
  • U.S. Secret Service—19 officers were assaulted. Seven were injured, all with weapons other than firearms. (See Tables 123 and 124.) 
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—No officers were assaulted. (See Table 123.) 

Type of activity (See Table 130.)

At the time they were attacked, DHS officers were performing the following activities:

  • 363 officers were assigned to patrol or guard duty. 
  • 34 officers were conducting investigations/searches. 
  • 26 officers were maintaining custody of prisoners. 
  • 16 officers were assigned to protection duty. 
  • 10 officers were making arrests or serving summonses. 
  • 4 officers were assigned to office duty. 
  • 50 officers were assigned to other duties. 

Weapons (See Table 127.)

Weapons used against the DHS officers during the attacks include:

  • 210 officers were assaulted with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet. 
  • 57 officers were assaulted with vehicles. 
  • 17 officers were assaulted with firearms. 
  • 12 officers were assaulted with blunt instruments. 
  • 7 officers were assaulted with knives or other cutting instruments. 
  • 200 officers were assaulted with other types of weapons. 

Dispositional information (See Tables 123 and 131.)

Law enforcement authorities identified 476 suspects in the assaults on DHS officers. Dispositional information was reported for 19 of the 476 known offenders. At the time of this report:

  • 7 suspects were awaiting trial. 
  • 4 suspects were fugitives. 
  • 4 suspects were found guilty. 
  • 3 suspects’ prosecutions were declined. 
  • 1 suspect was found not guilty or the charges were dismissed.