End of Watch – Part 2

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Sgt. Greg Moore – Couer d’Alene Police

End of Watch 5/6/15 – Gunfire
http://www.gofundme.com/ttgu73b


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:

  • -Training
  • -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.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/leoka/2013/officers-assaulted/assaults_topic_page_-2013

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/leoka/2013/tables/table_70_leos_asltd_type_of_weapon_and_percent_injured_2004-2013.xls


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.

WS

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9 thoughts on “End of Watch – Part 2

    • Unless the family has some type of fund set up, I’m going to try to limit this to those murdered in felonious incidents from here on out. That’s not to diminish in anyway the sacrifices made before now.

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    • I’m not debating the merit here since clearly this case is deserving. I just want to keep this current. Ofc. Pierson passed last year and the posted fundraiser closed last December.

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  1. So if the number of officers is roughly 765,000, then six and half percent of cops were assaulted in a year, and nearly two percent injured thereby. If that’s typical, that adds up to a fair percentage of the police force over the years. Ouch.

    Plus I would guess that the odds are likely not spread evenly. Just as the national murder rate can be 4.7 per 100,000, while the rate in Flint is 62(!) per 100,000, cops in a town of rich, elderly people aren’t dealing with the risk of getting shot that a guy in the worst neighborhoods of Baltimore area is. Cops in some neighborhoods are going to be in more danger, and they’re going to be more aware of that danger.

    I have always thought the charts comparing the number of cops killed on the job to people killed in other careers were bogus, simply because study after study shows that complex trauma is more likely caused by someone’s deliberate act. Someone who has been beaten, and someone who was caught in a tornado, can receive exactly the same physical injuries, and deal with the same physical fallout from them (medical procedures, recovery time, etc.), and, all else being equal, the beaten person is going to have a harder time dealing with things. There’s some evidence that interpersonal violence impacts a different part of the brain; certainly it adds another layer of stress.

    I get particularly ticked at the guys who argue that, since more people die in other careers, “cops don’t have it so bad.” I don’t at the moment remember what careers have a higher death rate, but I notice every time someone throws a list out that the people in those other careers may face higher risks of death, but they are not dealing with the stress that many cops do.

    Which is a more esoteric argument, I suppose. The assault rate is nicely concrete.

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    • I’ve heard claims that this career has the highest death rate or that career has the highest suicide rate, depression, alcoholism,domestic violence,etc. It’s almost like there’s a competition. But while other jobs may appear to be more hazardous, statistically, most other jobs don’t thrust the worker at the mercy of criminals intent on doing them harm. Yes, construction work is dangerous. But the guy who runs into somebody while driving a bulldozer isn’t TRYING to injure or kill anyone. And while other workers have to be vigilant on the job, they usually know the risks they’re dealing with: heights, heavy equipment, dangerous machinery, etc. The human factor is not there. The stress is not as high. And the risks are different. A guy who forgets to secure his safety harness and falls does not have to wrry about a secondary incident. A cop who gets shot at has to worry how many other shots will come. Or if he makes a stop and the driver gets out and assaults him, he has to worry about what the passenger is going to do. And he has to know what repercussions his actions will have. A guy who negligently causes injury or death to another person will usually not face criminal charges.He might lose his job but he doesn;’t have to worry about death threats against himself or his family. There’s no comparison between being a law enforcement officer or soldier and all other
      careers.

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  2. I appreciate these End of Watch posts but I HATE that there’s a need for them. It makes me sick. And it’s really starting to upset me -no, ANGER me- that there are protests and rioting over deaths of black men killed by cops while so little attention is devoted to the officers who are killed on the job by suspects. I don’t condone the use of excessive force and I don’t deny that there are problems with profiling and excessive force. Those are serious issues that need to be addressed. But unfortunately the focus is on SUSPECTS who have been killed WHILE RESISTING ARREST .Police officers are risking their lives every time they go out the door, every time they make a traffic stop, every time they respond to a call for help..I’m not saying there should be protesting and rioting but people need to remember the sacrifices these officers have made.

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