research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences
David Swedler, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, is interested in how and why people get hurt on the job. He has led studies into which workplace-climate factors contribute to distracted driving accidents, and how widespread gun ownership influences the homicide rate among law enforcement officers.
Swedler and his colleagues published a paper in 2015 that found law enforcement officers in states with the highest levels of gun ownership were three times more likely to be killed in the line of duty than their peers in states with low gun ownership.
“Statewide firearm ownership is definitely a risk factor for police officers,” Swedler said. “Higher private gun ownership increases the frequency with which officers encounter life-threatening situations. If we care about the safety of those officers, then we need to think about them when considering state gun laws.”
Law enforcement officers and guns
In the News
August 13, 2015