Domestic Partner and Police Violence
One day I was hatewatching "Blue Bloods" (I highly recommend not watching it if you, unlike me, enjoy not yelling at your TV), and they mentioned that being a police officer was dangerous. The show had also recently discussed issues of domestic violence, and kind of dismissed it. So - I decided to run the numbers, and they're really not all that great.
Since this is framed about police being killed in the line of duty, I am going to only focus on deaths. Being wounded or injured is going to be out of scope for this. I am also going to look at deaths caused very directly. The police officer must have been killed by: -Someone else. -Who isn't a police officer -It wasn't an accident (my call, my bias)
So - let's look at this: https://www.odmp.org/search/year?year=2015 - this is the list of police officers killed in the line of duty.
From this data I am including:
-0 of the 9/11 Related Illnesses
-0 of the Accidental deaths
-0 of the Aircraft accidents
-3 of the Assaults
-9 of the Vehicle Accidents (I ignored single vehicle collisions, collisions with animals, and accidents where the officer was at fault, I left in this where motorists ignored the officers' signal and did not yield)
-1 of the Duty Related Illnesses
-0 of the Drownings
-0 of the Bombings (All within the same bombing, all overseas. I nearly didn't include it, since I wasn't including military police)
-35 of the Gunfires (I included everything but the K9 units. This is about human officers)
-0 of the Gunfire (Accidental)
-3 of the Motorcycle Accidents (all 3 the officer was not at fault and struck by another person who wasn't an officer)
-5 of the Vehicle Pursuit (That's hard to do well, and let's not blame people just doing their job)
-0 of the Weather/Natural Disaster
-8 of the Vehicular Assaults
That is a total of 65 Police officers killed by someone else who wasn't a cop.
I am using these statistics in order to get a sense of the number of women who are currently in domestic relationships: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_022.pdf - the statistics I am referencing are on page 20. Note - that that is a weighted number of 1000s of women - and a weighted statistical average. Unfortunately I can't find many better numbers, and I can't find any newer numbers. If anyone has better numbers - please send them to me.
Those numbers give us a total of 40093866 (just over forty million women in relationships). Using this paper: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/jr000250.pdf We can see on Page 31 that between 1000 and 1600 women die every year from a domestic partner.
This ends us with a number between 0.00249% and 0.00399%.
In terms of the number of Law Enforcement Officers I am using: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/nsleed.pdf which is all of the officers employed by the Department of Justice, at the state and local level. At the federal level I am using: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fleo08.pdf
1,076,054 From the Uniform Crime Reporting census - which covers state and Local Law enforcement agencies.
120,348 from the Total on page 11
1561 Federal Officers in the Territories (On page 13) (Yes, they are also reflected in the above deaths)
So - we can see that the rates of deaths from being a member of the police, are within 0.002% of being the same as the deaths from being a women with a domestic partner. So - no - it's not more deadly to be a straight woman trying to find love than it is to be a police offer. But it's close.
Now - I am using a lot of fairly conservative numbers - and gave the police the benefit of the doubt a lot of the time. I'd like to get wounding statistics for police officers - but I doubt I could vet them as closely with the time I had.
NOW I am very biased to think that there's a lot of unacceptable domestic violence, and not much police violence. But - this research was done badly - please let me know if there's better resources out there.