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Data Sources on Law Enforcement Safety

The Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project at the University of Illinois Chicago aims to provide information for a comprehensive surveillance system based on existing public health data sources.

Department of Justice Data - Predominately provides data regarding injuries caused by violent means (assault on officers).

Bureau of Labor Statistics and Workers' Compensation Data - Provide data regarding injuries caused by both violent and non-violent means.  Research shows that the vast majority of injuries suffered by law enforcement personnel are caused by non-violent means.

ICD-10 Coding Note – Security personnel are also often included in “protective services” group and are often included as “officers” in ICD-10 coding.  If your research requires differentiating between private security personnel and sworn officers, you may need to acquire narrative text fields in order to differentiate between these two groups.

When using ICD-10 codes the sixth digit identifies whether the person is a suspect, bystander or law enforcement official. To identify law enforcement suffering injuries, include all cases where the 6th digit is 1 (Y35.XX1).  However, an internal record abstraction confirmed that most of the cases coded as “law enforcement official” involved injuries to security guards not sworn officers.

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