When the just-released “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2018” report dissected figures from Texas and Florida, it determined, “… permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth of the rate for police officers.” The trend isn’t confined to two regions, either. “[T]he data are similar in other states,” according to the Crime Prevention Research Center’s (CPRC) report.
Law Enforcement figures compiled by Police Quarterly harnessed as the statement’s baseline. The periodical’s study of incidents from 2005 to 2007 determined an average of 703 uniformed officers committed crimes per year—an estimate that admittedly may be low due to under-reporting. “With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers,” CPRC President John R. Lott Jr. calculates. “For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 crimes per hundred thousand people,” he quickly adds to emphasize they’re already an above average demographic.
by Guy Sagi