Best and worst states for police

With National Police Week kicking off on May 12, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer.

In order to determine the best states to pursue a career in law enforcement, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 key indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from median income for law-enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.

Best States for Police Officers Worst States for Police Officers
1 New York 42 Alaska
2 Maryland 43 Oklahoma
3 California 44 Georgia
4 New Hampshire 45 Tennessee
5 Indiana 46 South Carolina
6 North Dakota 47 Arizona
7 Minnesota 48 New Mexico
8 Massachusetts 49 Kentucky
9 New Jersey 50 Arkansas
10 Connecticut 51 Louisiana

Best vs. Worst

  • The District of Columbia has the most police and sheriff’s patrol officers per 100,000 residents, 810.54, which is 6.1 times more than in Oregon, the fewest at 133.91.
  • Illinois has the highest median annual wage for police and sheriff’s patrol officers (adjusted for cost of living), $76,264, which is 1.9 times higher than in Mississippi, the lowest at $40,719.
  • Rhode Island has the fewest individuals killed by police per 1,000,000 residents, 5.68, which is 10.6 times fewer than in New Mexico, the most at 59.96.
  • Maine has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.21, which is 8.3 times fewer than in the District of Columbia, the most at 10.05.
  • The District of Columbia has the highest state and local police-protection expenses per capita, $882.44, which is 5.5 times higher than in Kentucky, the lowest at $160.82.

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