A closer look at police officers who have fired their weapon on duty

A closer look at police officers who have fired their weapon on duty

Many Americans believe it is common for police officers to fire their guns. About three-in-ten adults estimate that police fire their weapons a few times a year while on duty, and more than eight-in-ten (83%) estimate that the typical officer has fired his or her service weapon at least once in their careers, outside of firearms training or on a gun range, according to a recent Pew Research Center national survey.

In fact, only about a quarter (27%) of all officers say they have ever fired their service weapon while on the job, according to a separate Pew Research Center survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform. The survey was conducted May 19-Aug. 14, 2016, among a nationally representative sample of 7,917 sworn officers working in 54 police and sheriff’s departments with 100 or more officers.

But among police officers, are some more likely than others to have fired their weapon in the line of duty?

Overall, those who have fired a weapon on duty and those who haven’t are broadly similar in terms of their personal traits, the types of communities they serve and even their attitudes about crime-fighting. But an analysis of the survey results finds some modest but intriguing differences.

To start, male officers, white officers, those working in larger cities and those who are military veterans are more likely than female officers, racial and ethnic minorities, those in smaller communities and non-veterans to have ever fired their service weapon while on duty. Each relationship is significant after controlling for other factors that could be associated with firing a service weapon.

Read more from the Pew Research Center

Support for law enforcement is something that should start from the top.

Support for law enforcement is something that should start from the top.

Support for law enforcement is something that should start from the top. President Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers is a step in the right direction.

Jimmy Chavez
President
Arizona State Troopers Association

Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST FEDERAL, STATE, TRIBAL,
AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Policy.  It shall be the policy of the executive branch to:

(a)  enforce all Federal laws in order to enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, and thereby all Americans;

(b)  develop strategies, in a process led by the Department of Justice (Department) and within the boundaries of the Constitution and existing Federal laws, to further enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers; and

(c)  pursue appropriate legislation, consistent with the Constitution’s regime of limited and enumerated Federal powers, that will define new Federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing Federal crimes, in order to prevent violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.

Sec. 2.  Implementation.  In furtherance of the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, the Attorney General shall:

(a)  develop a strategy for the Department’s use of existing Federal laws to prosecute individuals who commit or attempt to commit crimes of violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers;

(b)  coordinate with State, tribal, and local governments, and with law enforcement agencies at all levels, including other Federal agencies, in prosecuting crimes of violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers in order to advance adequate multi-jurisdiction prosecution efforts;

(c)  review existing Federal laws to determine whether those laws are adequate to address the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers;

(d)  following that review, and in coordination with other Federal agencies, as appropriate, make recommendations to the President for legislation to address the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, including, if warranted, legislation defining new crimes of violence and establishing new mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes of violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, as well as for related crimes;

(e)  coordinate with other Federal agencies to develop an executive branch strategy to prevent violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers;

(f)  thoroughly evaluate all grant funding programs currently administered by the Department to determine the extent to which its grant funding supports and protects Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers; and

(g)  recommend to the President any changes to grant funding, based on the evaluation required by subsection (f) of this section, including recommendations for legislation, as appropriate, to adequately support and protect Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.

Sec. 3.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
February 9, 2017

 

Support Trooper Andersson

Support Trooper Andersson

Trooper Ed Andersson

We’d like to ask you for your support…

As you may have heard already, Trooper Andersson has been getting national attention after this incident…

Trooper Andersson, was shot in the shoulder. He is a 27 year veteran of DPS. He has volunteered as volleyball coach and with other athletic programs at Tonopah Valley High School for many years. Trooper Andersson sustained substantial injuries but is expected to fully recover.

We’ve created an account in his name and started a donation drive to help him and his family with expenses and lost wages that they will incur over his rehabilitation. We’d very much like to ask you for your help in assisting us with this. You can donate to this account directly here on this page by using the donation item below. You will be able to select the amount of your donation and pay by credit card here on our site online.

Please Click Here to Learn More and donate to Trooper Andersson’s support fund.

Now Accepting Scholarships Program Applications!

Now Accepting Scholarships Program Applications!

  Does your son or daughter need money for college? AZTroopers awards THOUSANDS of dollars in scholarships each year! Are you a member with a son or daughter that could use some help with college funding? Simply read through the eligibility requirements on the web site and you can fill out the application online. You […]
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26th Annual AZTroopers Memorial Golf Classic!

26th Annual AZTroopers Memorial Golf Classic!

AZTroopers provides support in many ways to the families of all our officers. At our tournament, we honor each and every fallen officer through the dedication of a corporate hole sponsor in their memory. AZTroopers works throughout the state supporting and promoting safety programs and charitable events such as the Law Enforcement Memorial Program, MADD, Concerns of Police Survivors, Special Olympics and Seat Belt Safety programs. The AZTroopers Memorial Golf Classic also awards annual college scholarships in honor of our fallen officers. We provide support to many public safety programs throughout Arizona and take pride in our representation at memorial services in honor of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The tournament is a four-person scramble event. There will be three flights and handicaps will only be used to determine which flight your team will play in. Players without an established handicap will estimate what they normally score, so be honest. This is for fun. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams in each flight.

Additional luncheon tickets may be purchased for $35 per person. Reservations are required for additional luncheon guests. We will not be able to hold any reservations without payment.

Click Here to go to the event page to learn more and register.

NO REFUNDS AFTER APRIL 1, 2017.

For more information please email dave.schroder@aztroopers.org or call 888.291.6551 x300

Download the event flyer here…

Sgt. Manny Tapia’s Memorial

Sgt. Manny Tapia’s Memorial

Join members of the DPS Family on January 7, 2017 during a special event in Nogales that is being held to remember and honor fallen DPS Sgt. Manny Tapia. The event will include a burrito breakfast, a highway cleanup, a small memorial service and also lunch. Participants can choose which activity they want to attend, or […]
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