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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

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In 2017, 724 U.S. DOI officers were assaulted. Of these officers, 124 were injured, all with weapons other than firearms. (See Tables 71 and 72.) The following provides information by agency within the DOI:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs—609 officers were assaulted, 105 of whom were injured with weapons other than firearms.
  • Bureau of Land Management—4 officers were assaulted; none were injured.
  • National Park Service—98 officers were assaulted, 15 of whom sustained injuries from weapons other than firearms.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—13 officers were assaulted. Of these officers, 4 were injured with weapons other than firearms.

Type of activity (See Table 78.)

At the time of the assaults, officers from the DOI were performing the following activities:

  • 281 officers were making arrests or serving summonses.
  • 207 officers were on patrol or guard duty.
  • 110 officers were conducting investigations or searches.
  • 45 officers were maintaining custody of prisoners.
  • 81 officers were performing other official duties.

Weapons (See Table 75.)

Weapons used against the DOI officers during the assaults include:

  • 265 officers were assaulted with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet.
  • 62 officers were assaulted with vehicles.
  • 15 officers were assaulted with firearms.
  • 8 officers were assaulted with knives or other cutting instruments.
  • 1 officer was assaulted with a blunt instrument.
  • 373 officers were assaulted with other types of weapons.

Dispositional information (See Tables 71 and 79.)

Law enforcement authorities identified 311 suspects in the assaults on DOI officers. These suspects had the following dispositional information at the time of this report: 

  • 194 suspects were found guilty.
  • 98 suspects were awaiting trial.
  • 12 suspects’ cases were pending prosecutive opinion.
  • 2 suspects were found not guilty or the charges were dismissed.
  • 2 suspects are deceased.
  • 2 suspects’ prosecutions were declined.
  • 1 suspect remained a fugitive at the time the data was submitted to the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Program.