So you want police to use less effective tactic to even out the statistics?
No, I want the police to only use deadly force as a last resort.
In 2012 that I linked yes, the number killed by accidents was lower than direct assaults. However, check some other years. For example 2013 where it's 40 accidental deaths out of 119 deaths total and 38 of them due to targeted violence (or 39 if you include a bomb).
My point is still that targeted violence is not the majority of deaths of police officers. Every police officer killed in the line of duty is a tragedy, but quite frankly it's not as big of a risk as the news makes it out to be. Surely one would expect that the police doing their job would expose them to a higher risk of violence just as one would expect firefighters to have a greater risk of dying due to fire. For reference, the general working population has a rate of fatal work injuries of 3.3 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Of that 9% is due to homicides (robbers being the highest category of perpetrator).
Also, the risk of being murdered on the job may be ever present for police, but they aren't actually the profession with the most intentional shooting deaths:
According to this total police officer intentional shooting deaths in 2014 was 39. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers totaled 41.
I guess you don't have a family. Most cops want to do their jobs and get home to their families.
I do have a wife (no kids yet). Most people in general want to do their jobs and get home to their families. However some people choose jobs that ask them to risk their own safety for the benefit of society. The police are not alone in that regard. I'm sure most members of the military would prefer to not be asked to do peacekeeping missions in countries overseas, but they do it anyway out of a sense of duty and commitment. I don't see how police are any different except the people they are protecting are in their own community.
As for myself, I accept a certain amount of risk in the course of doing my job. And if there is ever a situation where I might be able to risk my life to save someone else's I like to think that I would take that risk. Of course you never really know how strong your character is until the situation arises. I can
t say for sure what character the officer who stepped out of a still moving car and shot a 12 year old with no verbal warning had... Probably doesn't say much that the first two officers on the scene didn't provide any first aid.