According to the FBI, in 2013, 76 police officers lost their lives in the line of duty. Of those, only 27 were the result of felonious acts. In defense of their history of overreaction in petty incidents…see Mike Brown, Eric Garner, et al…they always claim that they are in one of the most dangerous professions in the country.
Turns out that’s just not true. And here’s why…
Here are some of the jobs that have higher fatality rates than cops according to the data from 2013.
Agricultural crop producers lost 210.
32 cashiers lost their lives to violence…that’s more than the number of cops that died for the same reason.
353 truck drivers died last year.
Cops are almost tied with real estate agents in deaths due to on the job violence.
Cops are tied with “professional service” workers…also known as accountants. That’s right, cops have the same on the job danger level as accountants.
Teachers have a higher likelihood of dying violently on the job than cops.
A garbage man is more likely to die on the job than a cop.
Health care workers and social workers die at a higher rate than cops.
Actors die at a higher rate than cops.
Food service workers die at almost double the rate of cops each year.
If you are a mechanic, your chance of getting killed on the job because of violence is the same as being a cop.
In fact, when you really look at the numbers, cops have one of the safest jobs in this country.
Maybe they should realize that too.