1992-97: Eight times the homicide risk for the average worker

What is the risk of homicide in police work, and how does that risk compare to the national risk of homicide in the workplace?

A 1999 BLS study found that in the years 1992-97 45% of police fatalities resulted from homicides, with 6% from other assault/violence. During that period the workplace fatality rate for police was 14.2 per 100,000 workers. So the police fatality rate from homicide for 1992-97 was 6.4 homicides per 100,000 workers. BLS workplace homicide data for all occupations shows overall workplace homicides were 15.9% of workplace fatalities for 1992-97. During that period, the overall workplace fatality rate was 5 per 1000,000 workers. Thus overall fatality rate from homicide for 1992-97 was 0.8 homicides per 100,000 workers. So for 1992-97 police risk of workplace homicide was about 8 times the national average.

Source:Fatalities to Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters, 1992-97 (PDF), US Bureau of Labor Statistics