Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bullets are the least of it

University of Buffalo epidemiologist John Violanti, PhD, says police officers are exposed to many deadly forces. Their life expectancy is significantly lower than the general population's.

Job-related stress is a big one.

And then there are the toxins--meth labs, dead bodies, lead exposure from firearms, noise, radar, blood-borne pathogens, and even fingerprint powder, which can cause lung disease.

And how about biting dogs, obesity, PTSD, high blood pressure, and suicide? Not to mention plain old heart disease.

The hours are irrregular, sleep can be a stranger. Many officers drink, too.

You know those scenes in TV where the "perp" jumps out of a window and runs and the officer also runs...I once asked a cop if this was common--these foot races.

Very, he said.

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