We MUST help the police save lives – part 3
We must help the police save lives. If we don’t help officers protect themselves, they will continue to die from many preventable deaths.
The vast majority of police officers killed on duty are the result of automobile accidents. And, at least 40 – 50% of the officers were not wearing seatbelts.
The number of deaths from law enforcement has drastically decreased from a high of 280 in the mid 1970s to 143 in 2016. Over the past 5 years the number of law enforcement deaths average about 133 per year. On average about 48 deaths per year or 35% are the result of an officer being shot by an assailant. But again, a large number of those deaths are motor vehicle crash related.
Law enforcement is the bedrock of any democracy. There is no greater democratic society than America. We are a nation of law and order. We need our public servants, law enforcement, alive to help maintain order.
We are going through a growing period as it pertains to the relationship between law enforcement and the citizens. Blacks and especially black males are bearing the brunt of our pursuit to a better democracy. Whites and especially young white males are not victimless either. We either all rise together or we all fall together. This includes law enforcement. We have to assist in protecting them as we ascend as a nation.
We have to help officers not only save lives but save their own lives. I often hear people end friendly conversation with officers by saying, “be safe”. Let’s start to thank officers for what they do and end the conversation with, “be safe and click up”.
We have to help our officers too.
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Each One, Teach One to Save One.