Police Deaths Rise As Crime Drops

Thursday, April 12, 2012

harlem, nypd, shooting, crime tape, subway A cop stands outside the subway station where a fellow officer was shot and a suspect was killed. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Although violent crime has decreased across the country, for one group, the numbers seem to tell a different story. According to statistics compiled by the FBI, the number of police officers killed in 2011 was up by 25 percent from the previous year — and up by 75 percent from 2008. A total of 72 officers were killed in 2011. And for the first time, last year more officers were killed by suspects than by car accidents.

Why are more officers losing their lives on the job? Maria Haberfeld, chair of the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice says that while it's hard to pinpoint any one factor behind these numbers, there are some trends that emerge when the statistics are examined closely.


Maria Haberfeld

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]


All the police training is in one direction only- DON'T SHOOT. The reality is the NYPD brass would rather attend a police funeral than have the Reverend Al leading an unjustified march. In the public relations game a dead cop is more helpful to the dept.

Apr. 12 2012 08:10 AM

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