Facts – Why we exist!

WHY DOES SERVE & PROTECT EXIST?

There are some things I am concerned about and, I’m confident you will agree:

First – in the news:

  • Racist hate groups like Black Gorillas, BlackLivesMatter, Nation of Islam, and Black Panthers each call for the murder of police officers.
  • BLM CALLED FOR ABOLISHMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
  • These groups now say they will kill Firefighters and EMTs.
  • Politicians embrace Black Lives Matter and reject law enforcement concerns.

NOW STAGGERING STATS.

  • In 2015, 39 law enforcement officers were killed by gunfire.  
  • So far in 2016, by the end of July, 33 officers were killed by gunfire, an increase of 94% over 2015.
    • In JULY ALONE there were 13 gunfire deaths, a third of the first 7 months. 2 others were killed by vehicular assault and 2 more by physical assault – IN JULY ALONE!
  • Suicide among Law Enforcement stats are at best, estimates, ranging from 4 to 10 times the number lost in the line of duty.  Underreporting by media and agencies, and non-inclusion of retired officers makes it impossible to have accurate numbers. No one can be absolute.
  • Corrections Officers commit suicide more than double the rate of police officers, which is estimated to be 4 times more likely than death in the line of duty.
  • 75 percent of our officers have been divorced – 87% of our firefighters!
  • 25 – 40 percent of officers are involved in domestic violence
  • Correctional Officers have the second highest mortality rate of any occupation. A CO’s 58th birthday, on average, is their last.
  • Firefighter deaths  spiked in 2001 during the 9/11 terrorist attack when 343 Firefighters were killed at the towers. Another 105 died in the line of duty across the U.S. During that period. We had 80 FireRescue deaths in 2011.
  • PTSD rates among FireRescue can be as high as 38%, dependent on the intensity of death and injury they witness.
  • Emergency dispatchers experience distress on 32% of potentially traumatic calls, especially death of a child, suicidal call, and officer death.