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Inj Prev. 2014 Feb;20(1):35-40. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040799. Epub 2013 May 31.

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

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Center for Injury Research and Policy, , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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.

PMID:
23728438
DOI:
10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040799
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