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Occupational homicide of law enforcement officers in the US, 1996-2010.

Authors
Swedler-DI; Kercher-C; Simmons-MM; Pollack-KM
Source
Inj Prev 2014 Feb; 20(1):35-40
NIOSHTIC No.
20044307
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To understand the circumstances surrounding the occupational homicides of law enforcement officers (LEOs) in the USA. METHODS: Narrative text analysis of Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted reports. RESULTS: A total of 796 officers were killed in the line of duty between 1996 and 2010. The occupational homicide rate during the time peaked in 2001 at 3.76/100,000 (excluding those killed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks), and was lowest in 2008 at 1.92/100,000. Most LEOs (67%) were killed by short-barrel firearms; 10% were killed with their own service weapon. The most frequent encounter with a suspect prior to a homicide was responding to a disturbance call. CONCLUSIONS: These results should inform officer training and the policies, as well as procedures used when interacting with suspects, especially when firearms are involved.
Keywords
Law-enforcement; Law-enforcement-workers; Work-environment; Police-officers; Humans; Men; Women; Emergency-responders; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Training; Behavior-patterns; Violence-prevention
Contact
David Swedler, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Hampton House Room 554, 624 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
Publication Date
20140201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008428; M052014
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1353-8047
Source Name
Injury Prevention
State
MD
Performing Organization
Johns Hopkins University
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