This type of police work is one of the most significant ones that we can do. For what it means for those who would have been victims, and for society overall, to prevent the massive armed robbery or horrible sex crime is far more important than stopping one in progress. This work changes history, and it’s one of the reasons why this career is so awesome. That doesn’t lessen their influence or value, only because they are never seen or credited. Indeed, they are made even more admirable by the fact that certain deeds are unattributed.
Every day and year, they are dealing with crises that can numb them to the importance of their role. If they customize it, it would be better appreciated, especially when you do your job right, you have an effect immediately on untold others. It has little to do with the actual value of these acts to not recognize the precise “who’s” and what’s”. They are simply heroic achievements, without attribution.
The status of hero may never fall your way. While you stay able to anonymously strive selflessly for the good of others you’ll never meet, it will add to your reputation and show your character. You are giving real people their best chance for a happier future by doing your best. So, pledge to do the best you can and continue on.
Believe in your role in the community and should work that way.
- Crime fighting also left its mark. There have been more than 22,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1786. Today, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial has over 22,217 names written on the walls.
- In the United States, there are more than 800,000 registered law enforcement officers currently serving, which is the largest number ever. Of all, about 12% are female.
- In the last 10 years, a total of 1,627 law enforcement officers died in the line of service, an average of one death per 54 hours, or 163 per year. In 2019, 135 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.
- LEOKA report, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report: In 2018, there were 58,866 attacks on law enforcement officers, leading to over 18,005 injuries.
- The 1920s became the worst decade in the history of law enforcement, when 2,517 officers died in total, or about 252 per year on average. In law enforcement history, the worst year was 1930, when 312 police were killed. In the 1990s, the number fell significantly, to an average of 163 each year.
- The 11th day in September 2001, when 72 police were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America, was considered the deadliest day in the history of law enforcement.
- With 941 deaths, the New York City Police Force has lost more officers than in any other department during the line of duty. More than any other county, Texas has lost 1,772 police. Vermont is the state with the fewest deaths, with 24.
- As well as 720 corrections officers and 44 military law enforcement officers, 1,181 federal officers are listed on the Memorial.
- 365 female officers are listed on the Memorial; in 2019, 11 female officers were killed.