The police would have you believe that theirs is the most dangerous job and that is why they need to be given the freedom to shoot people at will but actually, as the chart in this article shows, it is nowhere close to being the most dangerous job. Neither are firefighters and security guards.
If you hover your cursor over each line, it tells you the death rate per 100,000 people and also the median income for that profession. You might think that there might be a correlation between income and danger, that to go into high-risk jobs might require people to be tempted with higher pay. But that does not seem to be the case. Loggers and agricultural workers, for example, have high fatality rates but also are among the lowest paid.
Police do not even have the highest number of deaths due to violence, a title that goes to taxi drivers and chauffeurs.
A surprise for me is that garbage collectors are high on the list of the most likely to die on the job. While I could easily imagine many ways those in other high-risk jobs could die, it was hard to come up with scenarios for garbage collectors.