More police officers have been killed under President Joe Biden’s leadership than any year since 1995, according to a new report.

“We believe it’s a combination … of the George Floyd protests — riots, if you will; a general feeling of a preference for less law enforcement; and less prosecution and less policing,” Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF), told Fox News.

“Law enforcement officers have essentially been marginalized and demoralized and cast aside and encouraged not to enforce the law. And so we’ve seen massive jumps in the homicide rate in cities across America,” he added.

A total of 73 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021. The previous year recorded 46. In addition to those killed, 314 police officers were shot in 2021. The total included 58 killed by gunfire, as ambush-style attacks on police were up 126% from 2020, according to a report from the National Fraternal Order of Police.

Americans once feared public safety, now also increasingly fear police safety. While radical Democrats call for the defunding of police, criminals are now firing on cops more than any time in the past generation.

Part of the increase, according to the report, stands alongside the increase in homicides in major cities. When police respond to a homicide and calls of shots fired, they are more likely to be in the crossfire themselves.

But another aspect of the increased cop killings is in the attitude toward police officers that the left has too-often encouraged in our country. Instead of viewing law enforcement as heroes, protectors and first responders, the left sees them as the bad guys who are only out to take down people of color.

While the occasional bad cop situation has happened, that is not the norm for nearly all officers. We back the blue because they do what it takes to protect our communities. We don’t attack the blue because we don’t like their policies.

The Biden administration has yet to strongly side with law enforcement and against violence on officers in any significant way. Instead, we continue to see a focus on more gun control, a meaningless effort to enact more gun laws on those who are already breaking existing gun laws. The real answer includes tough policing and consequences for gun violence rather than low bail reform to allow repeat offenders to perform additional crimes.

The brazen shoplifting, carjacking and other crimes that have surged under Biden are largely taking place because the criminals believe they will not be punished. Too often, they are right. If Biden is serious about protecting our police, we would do what it takes to increase punishment of crimes against officers and uphold the law in our communities.

The violence against police officers is a grim new reality that must be addressed to protect our law enforcement and the people living our communities before it becomes worse.