Police officers regularly have to expose themselves to dangerous situations in order to enforce the law. Understandably, they are frequently at risk of being involved in accidents and suffering serious work-related injuries.
Five key dangers posed to police officers include:
- People who are intoxicated
Intoxicated individuals can sometimes act very violently, especially when confronted by an authority figure. Police officers often have to use force in order to restrain intoxicated individuals who pose a risk to their own safety and to the safety of others.
- Armed criminals
One of the greatest dangers faced by police officers is dealing with armed criminals, especially in busy environments. However, protecting the public from armed criminals is one of the most important duties of a police officer.
- Speeding drivers
Police officers often need to spend a considerable amount of time on the road and may need to drive fast in order to catch speeding motorists. In this scenario, they are at an increased risk of being injured in a road traffic accident and having to make a car crash claim.
- Organised gangs
Criminal gangs can be particularly troublesome because evidence of their whereabouts may be very unclear. Police officers are at a high risk of being injured, either from physical force or from weaponry.
- People who have infectious diseases
Police officers are also at an increased risk of acquiring infectious diseases when confronting individuals with certain illnesses. In some situations, they may be unaware that an individual has an infectious disease until they catch it themselves.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice