well, I don't totally disagree with your premises.
let me share something, so everyone else will be looking at the same type of numbers.
2014 Rank Occupation Fatal Injuries per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Logging workers 110.9 78
2 Fishers and related fishing workers 80.8 22
3 Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 64 82
4 Roofers 47.4 83
5 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 35.8 27
6 Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers 26.7 270
7 Structural iron and steel workers 25.2 15
8 Driver/sales workers and truck drivers 24.7 880
9 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 19.2 25
10 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 18 68
11 First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 17.9 130
12 Construction laborers 16.9 208
13 First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 16.4 33
14 Maintenance and repairs workers, general 14.4 68
15 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 13.5 97
16 Grounds maintenance workers 13.1 158
17 First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers 12.3 38
18 Painters, construction and maintenance 10.8 46
19 Electricians 10.4 79
20 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 10 19 http://time.com/4326676/dangerous-jobs-america/
I'm guessing that the stat's you've looked at are similar.
But let me point out the single major difference.
Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, ALL have one thing in common.
They generally don't have someone shooting at them as a large factor in their cause of death.
so, like I said, I get your viewpoint, dead is dead. Please, understand mine. Apples and oranges.
and understand the next biggest factor. for numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, what would happen if nationwide, some body set them up and started shooting them at random.
simple answer, they would not go to work.
We do. every day, every night, every holiday, every shift, everywhere.
Our brothers and sisters in the Fire service and EMS service and the hospital ER's do also.
Our son's and brothers in the military do as well.
Until those other numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20) hold themselves to the same standards, I don't really care to hear about how deadly their job is. how dangerous it is to work with electrical lines or power equipment or the host of other things they can actually take control of.
To you, it is apparent, dead is dead no matter how it happens. that's life, suck it up buttercup.
to me, My family is under attack.
1. It is great to try and reduce deaths in the line of duty, but at what point do you determine you are throwing effort and money away in diminishing returns. What is the acceptable loss rate?
The statistics I have looked at seem to indicate LEO work is somewhat dangerous, but nowhere near the top 10 for deaths on the job. When you get down into a hundred of incidents per multiple hundreds of thousands you are solidly in the tyranny of the smalls area. Where tiny occurrences seem to be trends, but are really just nothing but statistical 'noise'.
2. Instances such as these cannot be a new thing. When I was just a teenager the local sheriff got popped on a call out by someone set in ambush for the fellow. It is a chance I assume every cop knows from day one.
How the cop dies does matter somewhat, but it can lead to wrong assumptions on cause and effect relationships. If overall death rate is dropping then the chance occurrences will inherently show up as larger percentages.