Every single day, we are constantly reminded via politicians, television, and the mainstream media in general of just how brave those “boys in blue” are to work in such “dangerous” conditions. The thin blue line, we’re told, is akin to storming the beaches at Normandy.
But do these claims of mass danger and death hold water? Is it really necessary to dump 12 rounds into an unarmed autistic 13-year-old, so you can “make it home to your wife and kids”?
Over the last two decades police departments across the country have been steadily increasing their firepower, while their jobs have actually gotten LESS dangerous.
A report put out at the beginning of the year by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, highlights that lack of danger by showing a decrease in police officer deaths this year and a downward trend year over year.
Other jobs, however, appear to be getting more dangerous. The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), recorded a preliminary total of 5,250 fatal work injuries in the US in 2018 which is a jump from 4,821 in 2014. The BLS compiled that data to make a chart of the top 25 most dangerous jobs. Guess who’s not in the top twenty.