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Document ID (ISN)111728
CIS number 11-0381
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) LaTourrette T.
Title The life-saving effectiveness of body armor for police officers
Bibliographic information Oct. 2010, Vol.7, p.557-562. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the effect of protective body armour on a police officer's risk of being killed and estimate the benefits and costs of outfitting police with body armour. In the United States, for the 262 cases of police being shot in the torso from 2004 to 2007, the study calculates the relative risk of death from a gunshot without and with body armour. The benefit of body armour is estimated using the willingness-to-pay approach and compares it with the cost of supplying armour to police not currently wearing armour. The results show that the relative risk of dying without armour is 3.4. Outfitting all police with armour would save at least 8.5 lives per year, resulting in a benefit that is nearly twice the cost, or a net benefit of approximately USD100/officer.
Descriptors (primary) firearms; reinforcement; protective clothing; police forces; violence
Descriptors (secondary) USA; cost-benefit analysis; cost of safety
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Personal protection
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Personal protection
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces