HUGE LAW ENFORCEMENT FATALITIES?


It is far too early to draw any conclusions from these statistics.  It is soon enough to begin to pay attention to the trends developing, however.  In less than two full months (January & most of February 2011) law enforcement officer fatalities are up over 2000% from 2010. A variety of possible factors may be cited. One of these factors in particular concerns me.

Up to now, the prohibition years showed the highest totals.  This was a time when society in general was not entirely in sympathy with prohibition.  They often turned a blind eye to criminal activities designed to thwart prohibition.  These activities led to clashes with law agencies, and thus to law enforcement fatalities. Society attitude toward law enforcement condoned clashes, and was generally unsympathetic with law enforcement.

It is entirely possible that present day societal attitudes toward the wide use of drugs (of all types) are beginning to encourage criminal – law enforcement clashes leading  to fatalities in much the same fashion as prohibition attitudes.

A dynamically different factor is jihadist clashes with the authorities (as well as the general population). It is much easier to understand societal drug use generating fatal encounters than what role jihadist encounters will bring.

Citizen fear is what jihadist actions try to increase.  In the twin towers attacks we saw anger and determination rise in US citizens, a similar though shorter-lived reaction than that of the 12-7-41 Pearl Harbor attack. Civilian attitudes and reactions today are not yet fully formed about jihadists. All of this is simply offered as some things to be aware of in our society.

Fr. Orthohippo 2-27-2011

Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities

Preliminary 2011 Numbers

February 27, 2011

2011  2010 % Change

Total Fatalities 30 33 -09%

Gunfire 16 11 +45%

Traffic Incidents 8 16 -50%

Other Causes 6 6 -0%

Please note: These numbers reflect total officer fatalities comparing February 27, 2011 to February 27, 2010.

2011 Fatalities – Top States

Florida 9

Ohio 4

New York 3

Texas 2

California 1

Indiana 1

Maryland 1

Michigan 1

New Jersey 1

North Carolina 1

Oregon 1

South Carolina 1

Washington 1

Federal Agencies: 3

U.S. Territories: 0

via National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: Preliminary 2011 Fatality Statistics.

Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths

Over the Past Decade (2000-2009)

CAUSE OF DEATH 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 TOTAL
Aircraft Accidents 4 3 3 3 2 3 1 7 5 7 38
Auto Accidents 38 44 60 45 43 51 52 44 42 50 469
Beaten 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 2 2 10
Bicycle Accident 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Boating Accident 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
Bomb-Related Incident 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 1 8
Drowned 0 1 4 0 4 3 4 3 1 3 23
Electrocuted 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
Fall 0 0 3 0 4 1 2 0 2 3 15
Horse-Related Accident 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3
Job-Related Illness 12 17 16 20 23 18 8 12 9 9 144
Motorcycle Accident 3 9 10 11 5 10 11 7 8 10 84
Poisoned 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
Shot 49 40 68 54 60 59 50 60 72 53 565
Stabbed 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 9
Strangled 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Struck by Falling Object 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 2 8
Struck by Train 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 5
Struck by Vehicle 10 18 14 16 16 13 13 14 24 16 154
Terrorist Attack 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 72 0 78
Total 116 138 185 154 162 164 148 157 240 162 1,626
Updated April 2010
ADDITIONAL DATA 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Female Officers Killed 1 13 6 7 5 9 6 15 12 7
Alcohol-Related Deaths 9 13 25 17 14 26 14 13 24 12
Drug-Related Deaths 5 8 21 12 10 15 13 2 11 7
Officers Killed Wearing Body Armor 68% 64% 73% 66% 56% 53% 74% 62% 35% 62%
Updated April 2010

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The blog of a retired Anglican priest (MSJ), his musings, journey, humor, wonderment, and comments on today's scene.
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