A lot of people, especially those involved in or somehow connected to law enforcement, believe that policing is a dangerous job. However, policing doesn’t even make the top 10 list of dangerous jobs. Not only is policing fairly safe but it has been becoming safer for decades:
The number of police officers killed on duty dropped to near a 50-year low in 2017. As of December 28, 2017, 128 officers died in the line of duty. That’s down 10% from 2016, when 143 officers died, according to new data from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Perhaps it’s time to do away with the practice of letting police justify their violent actions by claiming that they have a dangerous job and just want to go home at night. Their job isn’t all that dangerous and those who are working jobs that are actually dangerous seem to manage just fine without gunning down everybody who looks at them wrong.