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by Peter Moskos

July 13, 2015

Headline you won't see:

Police officer line-of-duty deaths are down 15 percent this year. Gunfire deaths are down 38 percent.

Odd, because a lot of reporters were calling me last year when the number were up.

"Is it Ferguson?!" "Is it Obama?!" "Are criminals less brazen?!" "Has training gotten better?!" "Are criminals worse shots?!"

[Silence of me staring at non-ringing phone]

That said, I thought I had a rather nice discussion on the Larry Mantel show the other day. Talking about the potential trade off between less incarceration and more crime.

[Near silence of me picking up old-fashioned phone to see if the dial tone is working. It is.]

For the record, just like I said last year, I don't think it's a big deal.


Dan Wang said...

I recently compiled data on line-of-duty deaths from UCR reports. 2013 was the safest year on record in terms of felonious fatalities. It would pretty amazing if it did not go up the next year.

My data is here: http://danwang.co/statistics-on-police-fatalities/ Feedback on whether it looks sound is appreciated.

Peter Moskos said...

At first glance it looks good.

David Woycechowsky said...

Ok, I lol'd at this post (in a grim humor kind of way).

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