The good guys in the United States are winning their battles against the bad guys; at least on the streets.
A report published by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that 2013 has been the safest year for American Police in a long time, as far as fatalities are concerned.
Thirty-three police officers lost their lives from gunshot wounds in the US, this year, which is the lowest figure of this kind in more than a century. The last time streets were this safe for American cops was in 1887.
Since then, the overall population of the region has increased fourfold, and so naturally, the number of police fatalities should also have been on the up. But no, the numbers are dropping.
Of course, the lives of a few did get cut short in high profile cases such as the Tsarnaev brothers incident or Christopher Dorner’s killing spree, which may make the common American question the findings of this report.
But if you take those really big ones out of the equation, it turns out that law enforcement is actually turning out to be quite a safe profession.
They might make you think otherwise, but the numbers don’t lie. The surveyors did notice that most of the cop deaths occurred in traffic-related incidents. So if you are a cop in the states, don’t be scared of patrolling the streets. It’s safe out there for you. Behind the wheel though, be careful.
Curious minds would obviously want to know the big secret behind this newfound respect for police officers. Craig W. Floyd – the mastermind of the study -- explained it himself. “…this very significant drop in law enforcement fatalities the past two years is extremely encouraging. Our organization, in partnership with others, is working hard to create a new culture of safety in law enforcement that no longer accepts deaths and injuries as an unavoidable part of the job."