Police officers are assaulted on a regular basis while in the line of duty. Every year over the past decade, for example, government data indicates that there have been almost 60,000 assaults on officers. Many of these assaults have unfortunately lead to officers losing their lives.
The Leading Causes of Officer Deaths
Over the past ten years, motor vehicle accidents have been the leading cause of officer deaths. Gunshots are the second leading cause. More than 33% of law enforcement deaths occurred due to officers sustaining gunshot wounds. In 2016 alone, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s data revealed that 66 law enforcement officers died as a result of criminal actions. Firearms were used against 62 of these officers, and 33 of them were murdered with their own weapons.
Promoting Law Enforcement Safety With Tactical Gear
For the past 30 years, 3,000 law enforcement officers’ lives have been saved due to wearing armor vests. In 2013, for instance, a Read more: “How to Promote Law Enforcement Safety From Bullet-Proof Vests to Other High-Performance Tactical Gear”