Sgt. Greg Moore – Couer d’Alene Police
End of Watch 5/6/15 – Gunfire
I’m going to make a point of being better about posting felonious officer deaths through this blog. I’ve internally debated doing so for sometime but refrained simply because Line of Duty based deaths minimize the stats regarding danger to a much smaller number than adequately represents police work.
The FBI’s data on police injury, specifically it’s LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted) data, was last updated through 2013. There is a lot of focus on the Felonious Death stat of 29 officers for that year. There is no focus on assault stats showing that in 2013, 49,851 police officers were assaulted. There is no focus on the Assault w/ Injury stat showing that in 2013, 14,565 were injured as a result of an assault. 2,226 officers were injured by an individual with a firearm.
The reason for such a high rate of assault but a correspondingly low death rate from a firearm injury while on duty is the result of a number of things not necessarily available to the public:
- -Bullet Proof Vests
- -Frequently Better Weapons/Maintenance
- -Backup at the touch of a radio
- -Transport to the hospital as soon as backup arrives. In the St. Louis region, large stretches of highway have been known to be shutdown so that officers can be directly transported to the hospital without waiting for an ambulance. This occurred as recently as November when two FBI agents were shot in Hanley Hills during a shootout that no one ever talked about afterward.
Moving forward, feel free to send me emails and comment on earlier entries as these events occur so that I can make sure word gets out, particularly if the family has an online fund set up.