Thursday, December 22, 2016


Charlotte NC Dec 22 2016
By: Rick McCann
Private Officer International

Each year including in 2016, we have seen between 90 and 140 security officers die while on duty protecting others.

Over the past ten years, we have been able to establish that of those deaths, 84.7 percent were from traumatic injuries, namely gunshot wounds, stabbings and blunt force object assaults.

This, in itself is quite the opposite of the 140 plus law enforcement deaths which occur each year.
This is a fact that needs to be understood and highlighted with our discussions with clients, media and law enforcement and we must learn from each loss of life incident.

According to which recently did a ten year study of their own, found that police officers died 31 % of the time from gunfire, 6.8 % of the time from vehicle assaults, 23 % of the time from vehicle accidents, and the remainder of deaths occurred during illness, training accidents and assaults.

Keep in mind that during each incident when a law enforcement officer is injured or killed, back up, radio communication and immediate assistance is usually just minutes away.
The same cannot be said about the times when private officers face life threatening injuries or fatal attacks.  

A study of the past ten years showed that 76.7 percent of security officers died alone and that sixty one of those times, a security officer lay dead in a parking lot, an office, a factory, inside their vehicle and twice at the bottom of a lake where no one found them for hours, many hours.

Private security and private law enforcement officers are seldom involved in vehicle pursuits, accidents or situations where they fall ill due to training or other related situations.

But many do find themselves injured and some lose their lives each year to workplace hazards such as hazardous materials, non-illuminated areas, inclement weather, falls and accidents.

While some say that the job of law enforcement is safer today than it was thirty years ago, the fact is that the job of private security has become increasingly dangerous.

With the lack of direct radio communications, solo assignments with no immediate back-up and the many unresponsive employers who still do not acknowledge the danger, the security industry is destined to surpass law enforcement deaths and injuries and workplace violence in a matter of just a few years.

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