2013 safer for U.S. police

Preliminary data indicate that 111 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the U.S. in 2013, down from 120 in 2012, and the lowest number since 1959. The biggest decrease came in officers killed by firearms, which decreased 33% from 2012 to 2013.


3 Responses to “2013 safer for U.S. police”

  1. Gunther Says:

    So much for the old argument that the street are getting more and more dangerous for the cops. I would say that the streets are being more dangerous for citizens from street gangs and trigger happy police officers.

  2. Gary Cordner Says:

    Well, murders are way down over the last 20 years, so the streets are actually safer for citizens too. Regarding danger to police, it should be emphasized that this story refers only to fatalities. It’s harder to get good statistics on the numbers of officers shot and shot at, for example. Certainly, some of the reduction in the number of police fatalities is due to body armor, safer vehicles, better training, better tactics, and better emergency medicine — in other words, officers still face risks, but they may react to them and survive them better than in the past.

  3. Steve Egger Says:

    I agree with Gary. We need statistics on assaults on police (lethal or otherwise) on an annual basis.

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