But is it safer to be a cop today than it was 50 years ago?
Yes, according to a study that analyzed police officer deaths (felonious and non-felonious) in the United States from 1970 to 2016.
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas at El Paso, found that despite increases in violent crimes, the hazards of policing has dramatically declined since 1970 with a 75 percent drop in police officer line-of-duty deaths.
“This result directly contradicts the hypothesized war on cops, in which an increase in felonious killings after August 2014 is predicted.
In the context of nearly 50-year monthly trends, our results show a statistically significant decline in felonious killings of police after Michael Brown’s death.”.
Most officer characteristics also remained consistent, such as sex, rank, marital and family status, duty status, and type of agency.
For felonious deaths, gunfire was the most common cause (about three quarters overall), but deaths resulting from gunfire declined over time. »