Ooh, such a dangerous job

The police are constantly begging for more, more, more: more money, more guns, more surplus military equipment, because, after all, killing unarmed black people in their cars is hard, dangerous work. But now they are opposing vaccine mandates because, I don’t know, it’s not macho to protect your health in the same way as wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a big gun is? They’re kind of failing a basic risk assessment test here.

There were 245 law enforcement deaths from Covid-19 in 2020, according to ODMP.
The coronavirus has become the leading cause of death for officers despite law enforcement being among the first groups eligible to receive the vaccine at the end of 2020. The total stands at 476 Covid-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, compared to 94 from gunfire in the same period.

Don’t give guns to people who are too stupid to get vaccinated, please.


  1. stuffin says

    Don’t give guns to people who are too stupid to get vaccinated, please.

    Thought that needed repeating.

  2. eduloh says

    People do not trust medicine and are afraid to get a vaccine. But there is an official statistic and it says that it is necessary to vaccinate. More info: eduloh

  3. bcw bcw says

    Vaccine mandates seem the perfect way to weed out cops who don’t care about the public welfare – although in reality what seems to be actually happening is that they are weeding out bad cops who can take early retirement.

  4. DrVanNostrand says

    Police Officers: Our job is so dangerous, you must give us the authority to kill anyone at the slightest hint of danger with virtually no accountability

    Also Police Officers: You must give us the right to do nothing to protect ourselves, or the community at large, from the most lethal hazard of our job.

  5. wzrd1 says

    OK, one of us is getting the howitzer. No truck to tow it, just the big gun.
    I vote for the cops getting it and the resultant maintenance.
    No ammunition for either of us though, I’m deaf enough now, I’ve no desire for growing rapidly more deaf.
    Unless someone has rediscovered the recipe for whisperglycerin…
    The original was lost inside of the cone of silence, largely due to hearing loss.

    Oh, Don Adams, who played Maxwell Smart previously was a USMC drill sergeant. How the USMC survived that, as well as how the US Army survived me is a subject of considerable astonishment to me to this very day. :P

  6. F.O. says

    Beau of the Fifth Column made a good video about this, pointing out that cops have the authority to take people in enclosed spaces with them whether these people want it or not and at least in theory, they are responsible for the health of those they take into custody.

    Basically anti-vaxxers that can legally decide, on a whim, to lock you in a small place full of anti-vaxxers.

  7. birgerjohansson says

    In Scandinavia the police are seen as citizens in uniform, and are expected to be part of ‘mainstream’ culture instead of cultivating a toxic ‘us and them’ mentality.
    And as the police is centralised at the national level, so is the recruiting and training. People with the wrong kind of attitude are not supposed to get through the vetting (but sometimes they do).
    I have not heard of any large group of anti-vaxxer police, not in Sweden nor in the other countries – as you say, not taking the vaccine while working with the public would be irresponsible.

  8. lochaber says

    you know, maybe it was meant as an off-hand remark, but I think there is a lot of merit to the idea of not allowing someone who refuses vaccinations to own/use a firearm. It’s a very simple test in risk assessment and self preservation. And if they are that bad at risk assessment, they have no business owning, or carrying, let alone using a firearm. And, if they are that bad at self preservation, well, then they don’t really need a firearm.

  9. birgerjohansson says

    Pre-covid I think traffic was the leading cause of death on the job for US police.