Wednesday, December 31, 2014

50 Police Officers Shot & Killed In 2014. Huge, Steady Decline Since 1970s

The Good Guys

Alan: Police fatalities (by gunshot) are down 61% in the last 40 years while the overall rate of violent crime has similarly plummeted by more than half since the 1990s.

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Fifty officers were shot and killed in the line of duty this year, compared to 32 in 2013, a 56 percent increase, according to preliminary data published by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Fifteen of those officers died in ambushes, including Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in New York this month.

In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department was analyzing the incidents and providing training and equipment to help keep cops safe in ambushes and other situations.

"These troubling statistics underscore the very real dangers that America's brave law enforcement officers face every time they put on their uniforms," Holder said.

In general, however, police work is much safer now than it has been in the past. From 1970 to 1979, the average number of officers shot and killed in the line of duty was 127 a year. That figure has declined steadily over the past four decades, as this chart shows. This year's total of 50 is still far, far too many, but it is slightly lower than the annual average since 2010 of 53 deaths per year. These days, more police officers die of other causes on the job than are killed, the data show.

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