A groundbreaking pilot study of more than 9,700 officers, aimed at determining whether it’s feasible to establish a national reporting system for police injuries, has revealed a wealth of intriguing facts about LEOs hurt on duty.
Among the highlights:
- Training exercises were second only to making an arrest as the activity most often engaged in at the time of injury, with in-service training proving especially risky;
- Some 18% of officer injuries posed a risk of “significant external hemorrhage,” putting cops in the 99 percentile of all occupations for this danger;
- Of officers injured in vehicle crashes during emergency responses, more than three-fourths had five years or less on the job;
- Across all activity categories, motorcycle crashes, while among the least common occurrences, produced the highest average of lost work days per incident (28.4);
Perhaps most important long range, according to one of the researchers involved, this preliminary study confirms that with adequate funding a nationwide reporting system for law enforcement injuries, comparable to the FBI’s ongoing LEOKA tally of felonious fatalities, could be put in place, with significant benefits for training and officer safety.