Is there a war on cops right now? That is a question I have seen bouncing around the Internet between officers, and it is also a question that has come up in my conversations with other officers and trainers.
As I’m writing this, I just saw the news that two more police officers have been shot: one killed, one wounded. This time the incident happened in Georgia, but the incident is merely reflective of the headlines from across the nation. Here in my home state of Florida, we’ve had multiple police officers killed this year, including three at a neighboring agency.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there have been 49 officers killed so far in 2011. This is a 20% increase from the same time period in 2010, which was not a good year for us. A few things to consider:
- overall deaths up 20% for same time period
- deaths due to gunfire up 53%
- deaths due to traffic incidents down 17%
Traffic accidents, typically one of the areas where we lose most of our officers is actually down by 17%! That means that the actual felonious assaults are up significantly, lending credence to the ‘war on cops’ idea.
If we keep the current pace, we will bury about 200 cops in the US this year. Excluding the September 11, 2001 attacks, the last time we lost 200 or more officers was in 1981…30 years ago.
The predators in society are becoming more bold. I could talk about the ills of society, breakdown of the family and lack of a responsive court system as factors leading to where we are today, but that doesn’t change anything. The fact is a lot of cops are getting killed and we need to stop that. Immediately.
One way that we can act immediately to stop this trend is to get back to the basics. Ever hear of the 10 Deadly Errors? A lot of the veteran cops know what I am talking about, but shockingly, a lot of the younger officers have never heard them. If you know them already, make sure you don’t commit them, and train the new guys to avoid them as well. Never heard of them? Click the link above and learn them now.
During the coming weeks, I’m going to cover a lot of officer safety topics. If you have a special tip or suggestion, send me an e-mail, and I’ll make sure I share it with everyone else.
Is there a “war on cops?” I don’t know. What I do know is we can reverse the trend.