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Friday, April 12, 2019

There is no doubt that policing is a dangerous profession. But is it safer to be a cop today than it was 50 years ago? Yes, according to a study that analyzed police officer deaths (felonious and non-felonious) in the United States from 1970 to 2016. The study represents one of the most comprehensive assessments of the "dangerousness" of policing to date and provides an important historical context on the ongoing dialogue over a perceived "war on cops" in recent years. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas at El Paso, found that despite increases in violent crimes, the hazards of policing has dramatically declined since 1970 with a 75 percent drop in police officer line-of-duty deaths. The study also refutes the theory of "war on cops," following the Ferguson effect and Michael Brown's death in August 2014, and finds no evidence to support those claims.

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It's always been more dangerous to be a docialist, union organizer or garbage man than a policeman.

#1 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-11 01:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

in other news

when civilians see a cop today, they feel paranoid, not protected.

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-04-11 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Two words:

Body. Armor.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-11 08:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Body. Armor.
#3 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

And yet: "The study also refutes the theory of "war on cops," following the Ferguson effect and Michael Brown's death in August 2014, and finds no evidence to support those claims."

So not just body armor.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-04-11 08:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Isn't most everything safer today than 50 years ago?

"The study also refutes the theory of "war on cops," following the Ferguson effect and Michael Brown's death in August 2014, and finds no evidence to support those claims."

Evidence doesn't matter to the people making that claim.

Coincidentally, it's the same people who claim there's a War on Christmas. Equally as false. Equally as irrelevant that it's false.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-11 08:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

FTA

The researchers attribute the declines in officer deaths, at least in part, by the increased use of body armor and advances in trauma care that also have undoubtedly saved officers' lives. Moreover, enhanced training, better policy, better supervision, and technological advances have likely played a role in the declines described....

#6 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-04-11 09:57 PM | Reply

Do you guys even realize what the so-called "war on cops" meant?

From your posts, obviously not.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-11 10:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Safety belts save lives....

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-11 11:03 PM | Reply

Two words:

Body. Armor.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter

I'd add three more:

Surplus. Military. Gear.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-11 11:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's also safer to be a civilian than 50 years ago.

Violence rates have trended down decade by decade as our access to information about violent incidents is going up.

#10 | Posted by Ottodog at 2019-04-12 10:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Safety belts save lives....

#8 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

yes... and speed limits ... and gun control.

#11 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-04-12 12:35 PM | Reply

violent crime rates have fallen GLOBALLY. The most obvious correlation is environmental lead. Places that never had much environmental lead never had very high violent crime rates and have seen much smaller decreases. Places that still have unremediated lead sources have higher crime. Places that have had the largest drops in environmental lead have also had the steepest declines in violent crime.

journals.sagepub.com

#12 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-04-12 12:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

In what way does a cow differ from 911? After near 20 years you can't keep milking to same cow.

#13 | Posted by snuffy at 2019-04-12 01:20 PM | Reply

in the 70's my counties sheriff got in a broad daylight main street shoot out with three bank robbers.

He killed all three fainted soon as his backup arrived.

I'm glad to hear it's gotten better.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2019-04-12 01:43 PM | Reply

It's Safer to Be a Cop in the U.S. Today Than 50 Years Ago

Of course it is seeing it's the cops who are doing all the shooting.

#15 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-12 02:49 PM | Reply

From your posts, obviously not.
#7 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Nor the article's author, according to you.

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-04-12 03:01 PM | Reply

Places that have had the largest drops in environmental lead have also had the steepest declines in violent crime.
journals.sagepub.com

#12 | POSTED BY HATTER5183

And access to abortion/contraception. The Donahue-Levitt Hypothesis stands.

#17 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-04-12 03:03 PM | Reply

Too lazy to click. Is the decline in line of duty deaths primaily due to advances in defensive gear and medical care, or are there actually less attempts to harm police officers?

#18 | Posted by JOE at 2019-04-12 03:25 PM | Reply

Too lazy to click. Is the decline in line of duty deaths primaily due to advances in defensive gear and medical care, or are there actually less attempts to harm police officers?

#18 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2019-04-12 03:25 PM | REPLY

There are less violent crimes regardless of whether the intended victim is a police officer. violent crime rates are down dramatically

In 1991 the UCR shows 1,911,770 violent crimes population was 253.5 million

In 2014 the UCR shows 1,186,185 violent crimes population was 318.6 million

Some would like to say it is because of increased LEO presence but when it is viewed geographically the places that added the most LEOs did not see a greater drop than those that REDUCED the number of LEOs

so a violent crime rate of 0.754% in 1991 fell to 0.372% in 2014 a drop of just over 50% in the violent crime rate. It also dispels the idea that more people in concentrated areas means more crime. population rose the fastest in urban centers but they saw greater drops than rural areas. Some rural counties saw almost no drop in violent crime over the period

#19 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-04-12 04:08 PM | Reply

There are less violent crimes regardless of whether the intended victim is a police officer.

Well i know that, but this article is about police deaths specifically, which may not rise or fall commensurately with violent crime rates generally. It's possible that violence against cops has increased or stayed the same and that the only reason for the decline in deaths is advancements in medicine and gear. And i'm still too lazy to look into it.

#20 | Posted by JOE at 2019-04-12 04:26 PM | Reply

#20

Violent crime is down, but as the article notes advances in body armor and trauma care have reduced deaths for police officers.

In 2018, violent attacks on officers were up 23% over 2013, and more cops died in 2018 than in 2017: according to data from The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's year-end report for 2018, 144 federal, state and local law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty -- a 12% rise from the 129 officers who died on the job in 2017. This echos a corresponding 13% rise in violent attacks on officers between 2017 and 2018.

NPR: More Police Officers Died From Gunfire Than Traffic Incidents In 2018, Report Says

How does this correlate with the "war on cops" data? The "war on cops" was predicated on the so-called "Ferguson Effect", where cops would be both targeted and afraid to use deadly force when so targeted, and that clearly has not been the case. Instead, the police are better protected and first response times have dropped dramatically for officer involved shootings, which has caused the over all drop in fatalities in the past 20 years.

While it is correct to note that other jobs like construction and deep sea fishing have higher fatality rates, outside of the military, law enforcement is the only job where getting shot at is part of the job description.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-12 04:43 PM | Reply

In 2018, violent attacks on officers were up 23% over 2013, and more cops died in 2018 than in 2017: according to data from The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's year-end report for 2018, 144 federal, state and local law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty -- a 12% rise from the 129 officers who died on the job in 2017. This echos a corresponding 13% rise in violent attacks on officers between 2017 and 2018.

#21 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2019-04-12 04:43 PM | REPLY |

You didn't look at the parsed data. On the NLEomef site died in the line of duty does not mean were targeted or killed. In 2017 46 were shot in 2018 53 were shot. In both years more police officers died from job related illnesses than were shot

Police killed 1,166 people in 2018 and 1,147 in 2017

killedbypolice.net

In 13 major metro areas people killed by police outnumber people murdered in 2018

#22 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-04-12 05:07 PM | Reply

#22

I was answering Joes question about police who died in the line of duty, nothing more. If you want to start a new thread, go nuts.

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-12 05:19 PM | Reply

Body armor
Safer cars
Seat belt policies
Stricter pursuit policies
Better and wider roads, safer for traffic stops where a lot of cops get killed
Better training in a variety of areas from tactical approaches to hot calls to traffic stops
Better equipment such as more secure holsters
New ways to subdue a suspect such as a Taser means fewer fights
More tactical mindset - I've been doing this for nearly 20 years. Back in the day we'd take three detectives to serve a search warrant, no pre-planning, now we complete a seven-page ops plan take uniformed officers and sometimes a tactical team to make the entry

#24 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2019-04-14 03:45 AM | Reply

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