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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
Then statistically speaking POTUS is the most dangerous job.
3 of the 44 have been shot dead...
HOW MANY OFFICERS HAVE DIED?
Gliniewicz was the eighth law enforcement officer shot and killed in the U.S. in the last month and the fourth in 10 days, according to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks officers' deaths so their names can be enshrined on a Washington, D.C., memorial. Steve Groeninger, a spokesman for the group, said four fatal shootings in recent days is a higher rate than usual.
IS THAT AN INCREASE?
No. Shooting deaths of officers are actually down 13 percent compared with the same January-to-September period in 2014. There were 30 shootings last year and 26 this year. Those figures include state and local officers, as well as federal agents. The figures also include two accidental shootings, Groeninger said. Suicides are not included.
Deaths have declined through the decades. The average number of officer shooting deaths for the first six months of each year — which is how the memorial fund gauges trends — was 62 through the 1970s.
The worst half-year period over the past five decades was in 1973, when 84 officers were shot and killed in the first six months alone. Through the early 2000s, the six-month average fell to 29.
Yes, they may die more often accidentally than from being murdered, but how much would that number change if they were less vigilant, didn't get heavy handed when someone was a threat? There are a lot of issues with policing, but saying it's "only" the 7th most dangerous job is retarded.
Cops have a completely different kind of job, especially in the US. Any 18 year old without a criminal record can go buy an AR-15.
originally posted by: DuckforcoveR
ETA: It seems manufacturing in general is rather deadly. I don't equate that with worrying about going home or not, but for what its worth:
a reply to: harvestdog