Police officer deaths are on the decline

Despite increasing levels of crime, the number of police deaths has decreased dramatically in the past 5 years. The reasons isn't clear although the tenure of each police commissioner, labelled below, suggests that the decrease in murders picked up steam during Riah Phiyega's watch.

Chart showing a decline in police deaths from 2001 - 2017 in South Africa

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Despite increasing levels of crime, the number of police deaths has decreased dramatically in the past 5 years. The reasons isn't clear although the tenure of each police commissioner, labelled below, suggests that the decrease in murders picked up steam during Riah Phiyega's watch.

Chart showing a decline in police deaths from 2001 - 2017 in South Africa

Download the data we used to create this visualisation.

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