Student Perspectives: High-Risk Occupations

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    • 00:00

      [Of several high risk occupations,which do you think is the most dangerous?A. commercial fishing B. logging C. piloting airplanes D.policing]

    • 00:11

      STUDENT: I would say logging commercial fishing.That would be more than policing, I think.Policing, its like, you have things to defend yourself,like your baton, your gun and stuff like that.And then commercial logging, its,like you have to trust nature stuff.You just don't know how things are going to go.Also in policing, it works the same way,but I just though, that things would be more dangerous,

    • 00:33

      STUDENT [continued]: even though it seems like policing would be.

    • 00:37

      STUDENT: Policing.Every day you don't know what you're going to go throughwith a police officer.One day, you'll have a good day, where you justhave some traffic citations here and there.But then the, next day, you don'tknow what's going to face, if there's a shooting,there's murders.Police officers, I feel, are at the greatest risk.

    • 00:56

      STUDENT: I feel like it's policing, because they alwaysput their lives at risk.So they never know who they're going to get as criminal,if they're going to shoot them or not,or if they're going to come out safe.So they never know.And it's like a 50/50 on the cases they're going to work on.

    • 01:15

      STUDENT: Policing, just because they'remore involved with more dangerous situationson a daily basis.I mean, fishermen go fishing, theydon't go fishing and expect to beattacked by sharks with guns.And loggers don't expect to be attacked by trees

    • 01:37

      STUDENT [continued]: or come up on a gang full of treesand they got drugs on them.

    • 01:46

      STUDENT: I think commercial fishing,just because of all the shows I've seen.So yeah, we'll see.Just the kind of environment they're in, days at sea,and different conditions, because certain conditions thatare really harsh to humans are the besttime to get certain fish and stuff like that.So it makes a really dangerous.And With all the tools that they use and stuff.

    • 02:07

      STUDENT: They've all got their dangers, actually.Police work, from what we see on the media, it contrasts,because mainly it's talk, it's knowinghow to deal with people.So I would say something more in the trades,honestly like logging or even commercial fishing.We've all seen Deadliest Catch a couple times, right?That's very dangerous work.

    • 02:29

      STUDENT: Policing, definitely, because crime.You don't really know what you're up to.For instance, if there is a crime happening to a room,you don't really know what is there.So you're kind of taking that risk to try and investigatewhat is happening.And between that period, anything can happen to you,

    • 02:52

      STUDENT [continued]: especially when it involves shooting and big crimeslike that, it's really risky and very dangerous too.So I think policing is the one of the big dangerous jobsout there.

    • 03:05

      STUDENT: It's a toss up between piloting and policing.But I would say more policing, because that'sa more day to day thing.When you're piloting, you're up in the air howeverlong it may be, but being a police officer,you're a police officer 24/7, even when you're off duty.You still have to maintain that, because your neighbors knowyou're a police officer, person down the streetknows you're a police officer.

    • 03:26

      STUDENT [continued]: So you still have to maintain that level,that you are a police officer 24/7,a pilot you don't need to.

    • 03:32

      STUDENT: I'd have to say commercial fishing.They're out there in the seas all the time.You can never predict how the ocean's going to be,so I'd have to say commercial fishing.[Of several high risk occupations,which do you think is the most dangerous?A. commercial fishing B. logging C. piloting airplanes D.policing]

    • 03:48

      KENNETH J PEAK: Most students pickpolicing as being very high, if not the highest, most dangerousoccupation there is.Actually, survey after survey after survey says, no.In fact, I just looked one up the other day.And these are reputable survey companiesthat have found, for example, the latest one found

    • 04:09

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: that logging and all the fishing in the Arctic,the Arctic kind of fishing, firefighters, EMTs,correctional officers, airline pilots, in fact, truck drivers.In fact, policing came in at number 11.So statistically, you'd have to say it isn't the most

    • 04:29

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: dangerous, but I would say this, that absolutely, even though,in the 1970s, when the Vietnam War was raging and all kindsof other rioting and whatnot going on, although that wasthe decade when it was statistically more dangerousto be in police work, I have to say that today,because of the gangs and the drugs and the weaponry that

    • 04:53

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: people have, by all means, today is potentially--even though you have maybe a third as many--and I don't mean to downplay this--but about a third as many police officers,maybe a fourth are actually murdered per yearas in the 70s--absolutely it is, without doubt--you don't want to go out and get out of your patrol car

    • 05:14

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: today without a Kevlar vest on or something like that.Take all kinds of protections.And use the spotlight, etc. etc.Watch your body stance and all those kinds of things.So just too many ways things can go badly in a hurry today.So I'm still saying, yeah, maybe not statistically

    • 05:38

      KENNETH J PEAK [continued]: but that philosophically and practically, youhave to rate it pretty high.

Student Perspectives: High-Risk Occupations

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Students discuss how policing compares to two other high-risk occupations. Professor Kenneth Peak explains that statistically policing is not the highest-risk occupation, but it can still be quite dangerous.

Student Perspectives: High-Risk Occupations

Students discuss how policing compares to two other high-risk occupations. Professor Kenneth Peak explains that statistically policing is not the highest-risk occupation, but it can still be quite dangerous.

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