Report: Louisiana ranks 4th in police officer deaths
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In the past ten years, 93 officers died while on the job in the United States. Forty-six of them were killed in the line of duty, according to nj.com.
"It's certainly an inherently dangerous job, and people are very aware of that going in," said Donovan Livicarri with the Fraternal Order of Police.
That data shows Louisiana ranks fourth in the country for police officer deaths. Livicarri said he isn't surprised by the ranking.
"I think that we recognize in Louisiana that we have a lot of work to do to try to make sure that we're making progress in areas like education and poverty and those types of things that contribute to violent crime," he said.
He believes several issues must be addressed, especially in Louisiana, to stop the violence. According to nj.com, 44 officers died in Louisiana since 2008. While 21 of those deaths were accidental, 23 officers died in the line of duty.
"We have to keep plugging away at it, and the city has to keep on working hard to recruit officers so we can make this job as safe as it can be," Livicarri said.
The NOPD is in the midst of an aggressive recruiting campaign.
"Well, you have to make the job more attractive than what the downsides might be," Livicarri said.
He said it's about making officer salaries more competitive and having advancement opportunities.
"You need to convince them that it's better here in New Orleans than to be elsewhere," Livicarri said.
Livicarri points out that there are big events here that could easily be a selling point.
"We have Mardi Gras. Nobody else has Mardi Gras. You can't do the kind of police work that we do in New Orleans out in Dallas or Atlanta," Livicarri said.
According to the report, officers between 38 and 40 years old with 11 to 12 years of service fit the average profile of police officers who died in the line of duty.
"I think that as a police officer, you have to believe that your hard work will help to reduce these numbers so that we can make changes in the future," Livicarri said.
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