January 2, 2015 Leave a comment
I was reading all the vitriol regarding police officer shootings on websites like this one Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year.
This site reported an FBI estimate the number of police homicides per year at around 400. This site is hoping to get the public’s help We’re Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us. A potentially more reliable site just reports police officer shootings, whether or not deemed justifiable, Killed by Police.
There are plenty of these sites looking for bad cops. Not so many, expounding the virtues of good cops.
I am more interested in determining how many police officers actually have lost their lives in the line of duty. I found this site to be an excellent and reliable source with great detail and presented in a caring, highly professional manner Officer Down Memorial Page. What it didn’t have was a quick snapshot of officer and K9 deaths summarized by year. I listed some of the more violent categories and lumped the rest, like heart attacks, not to be taken lightly, under Other. You can draw your own conclusions but serving your community as a police office is a dangerous profession. God bless the men in Blue!
|Fallen Police Officers in the Line of Duty||Source: Officer Down Memorial Page|
|Year(s)||2001 – 2014||2011||2012||2013||2014|
|9/11 related deaths||62||7||4||1||0|
|Exposure to toxins||4||0||0||0||0|