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    Officer Down Stats

    On The Job: Who’s Living And Who’s Not

    by Paul Cotter

    During the last decade as a police officer in this country you were more likely to be killed in the line of duty between the ages of 31 and 40 years old. You would be a white male officer in a uniform and have 10 or more years street experience on the job.

    You would face the most danger in the months of April and August and were more likely to be murdered on a Friday between 8pm and 4am in the morning. You would be assigned to a one man unit and would be working on something or investigating something alone by yourself.

    You were more likely than not to not even have the chance to draw your own weapon to even try and defend your own life at the time of your being attacked.

    You were also most likely to be killed in an arrest situation and be trying to effect the arrest of the person who would go on to murder you.

    While stopping a car you would most likely be killed while approaching it and in only 70 percent of the times while conducting car stops, would you let your dispatcher know your location or have contact with your dispatcher prior to you being killed.

    The most dangerous call to you would be that you would be killed in a "ambush" situation or while intervening in a domestic or another type of fight call, or while investigating a person with a gun call.

    You were more likely than not to be killed by a firearm, the most likely one to be a handgun and you faced the most danger of being shot during a car stop.

    You were most likely to have been murdered by a 9mm round from a handgun (129 officers murdered). Or if shot with a rifle it would be a 7.62x39mm round (44 officers murdered). And if you were killed by a shot gun it most likely would be a 12 gauge round (27 murdered).

    You would most likely be killed while being within 5 feet of your attacker (286 officers). You would be shot in the front upper torso (neck or throat area) (229 officers) followed closely by being shot in the head (201 officers). And in over 80% of time of you being shot and killed you would be wearing body armor (318 officers out of the 568 shot in this decade) to protect you from being killed by a firearm.

    And even while wearing body armor and being killed, your body armor would not save your life because the bullet entered just above your vest (41 officers) or entered your body via. your armpit or shoulder area (35 officers). Also some bullets would also penetrate your body armor and kill you anyway (19 officers). Or you could be shot and killed between the side panels of your vest (17 officers).

    And of the 19 rounds that would penetrate your body armor in the last decade, none would be fired at you from a handgun, but they would all be shot at you from a rifle and most likely be either a 7.62x39 mm bullet (9 officers) or a .223 carbine round (4 officers).

    Of the 748 people who would murder you in the last decade, your murder would most likely be between 18-24 years old (284 suspects) and be a white (407 suspects) male (721 suspects).

    More likely than not your murder would be out on probation or parole when he kills you (167 suspects) and have no known relationship or knowledge of you (606 suspects).

    Your murder would most likely have a previous arrest for a drug law violation (253 suspects) or an arrest for past firearms charges (230 suspects). And your murder would also most likely have a previous arrest for assaulting a police officer and/or resisting arrest (153 suspects).

    And if you were one of the lucky few officers who was able to draw your weapon and fire back at your assailant before you were murdered, you would very rarely be able to kill him; 23 suspects (out of 748 suspects) were killed by the 133 officers who were able to draw and fire, out of the 616 officers killed in this same time span.
    No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13

    "The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".

    We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.

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    The opinions, beliefs, and ideas expressed in this post are mine, and mine alone. They are NOT the opinions, beliefs, ideas, or policies of my Agency, Police Chief, City Council, or any member of my department.

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    good to know ,thanks makes me think as a 38 yoa officer with 13 years.
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