First, with due respect to the entire law enforcement community I would suggest you look at this site. It is quite a touching tribute to our law enforcement members who lost their lives in the line of duty.
According to this site, "Officer Down Memorial Page", 150 fine men and women gave their lives in service to public safety this year to date.
Next, let's look at what the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows about other dangerous occupations. The BLS study for 2010 is quoted in this Career Builder article. http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/08/29/the-most-dangerous-jobs-in-ameri...
Occupations with the highest rate of fatal work injuries (deaths per 100,000 workers):
Fishers and related fishing workers: 116
Logging workers: 91.9
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 70.6
Farmers and ranchers: 41.4
Mining machine operators: 38.7
Refuse and recyclable materials collectors: 29.8
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: 21.8
Industrial machinery installation, repair and maintenance workers: 20.3
Police and sheriff's officers: 18.0
As you see, police and sheriff's officers make the top ten dangerous jobs for certain BUT there are many more dangerous endeavors than law enforcement.
Fishing, logging, aircraft piloting, farming, ranching and mining are all more than twice as dangerous as law enforcement.
I don't see anything wrong with expecting a level of professionalism and decency from any police officer. Plenty of other fine men and women face danger every day of their working lives. Where would we be without loggers... for that matter, roofers?
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