Moreover, Grits was interested to read a rare admission regarding the relative safety of police officers' jobs from Phillip Lyons, the dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. He told the paper:
As for safety concerns, Lyons said the job isn’t as dangerous as it once was.Because when you're recruiting, that "cops put their lives on the line every day" stuff becomes counterproductive. In that setting, factual assessments of the relative dangers of policing are more effective at convincing folks to take the job. There's plenty of time to teach recruits the ins and outs of official demagoguery on that topic once they've been through the academy.
“Even though there is a hysteria about the war on police, a lot of times, the numbers don't bear that out,” he said. “This is one of the safest times in American history to be a police officer.”