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Is there really a 'war on cops'? The data show that 2015 will likely be one of the safest years in history for police - AEI | Carpe Diem Blog � AEIdeas

5.11.15

Is there really a 'war on cops'? The data show that 2015 will likely be one of the safest years in history for police - AEI | Carpe Diem Blog � AEIdeas



According to data available from the “Officer Down Memorial Page” on the annual number of non-accidental, firearm-related police fatalities,
2015 is on track to be the safest year for law enforcement in the US
since 1887 (except for a slightly safer year in 2013), more than 125
years ago (see top chart above). And adjusted for the country’s growing
population, the years 2013 and 2015 will be the two safest years for police in US history (see bottom chart above), measured by the annual number of firearm-related police fatalities per 1 million people.

The
two charts above reveal a picture of increasing police safety in the US
that is much different than the narrative we hear all the time in the
media about a “war on cops” and increasing risks of death for America’s
law enforcement. From a peak of more than 100 police shootings in every
year between 1969 to 1980 (except for 1977 when there were 97 deaths),
firearm-related police fatalities have been on a downward trend for the
last 35 years, falling to only 31 in 2013 and now on track to reach 35
by the end of this year (based on 24 police deaths during the first 251
days of 2015). We can see the same downward trend in annual
firearm-related police deaths adjusted for the size of the US population
(bottom chart), which will make 2013 and 2015 the two safest years for
law enforcement in US history.


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