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Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

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Kevin Powers, PoliceLink.com

Not every U.S. city is created equal, and so when it comes time for a police officer to choose a department, there can be a lot to consider.

Understanding the overall health and standard of living in a city can make a big difference during one’s career. A high starting salary can be a major reason for signing on, but will it be worth if if rent dries up most of your pay, unemployment is rising and it takes you two hours to get to the station every morning?

Everything from department funding to the job market for your non-LEO spouse can have an impact on your life, and consequently a review of each prospective new home should be looked at with a wide lens.

So, which cities currently offer the most overall value?

We’ve adapted this list, which takes into account various economic and quality of life metrics, to provide anyone with an interest or opportunity to compare what these cities have to offer.

The Criteria

We looked at cities’ growth rates, average salaries and costs of living.

We factored in average commute time — which, according to experts, has a colossal impact on your overall happiness.

We looked not only at unemployment figures, but also at the rate that unemployment has actually increased since February 2008.

Whether you are just finishing up a degree and looking for a department, or are a seasoned LEO and are simply curious to see where your hometown ranks, read on to see which cities made the list.

The List: City #25 >>


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    Fleminpj

    about 5 years ago

    184 Comments

    haha, so outside of Texas, how many of these places are actually hiring, and not laying off veteran officers?

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    girlinsac

    over 5 years ago

    24 Comments

    I am shocked to see who is #1, application process is easy to find out just go to the website of the one you sre interested in. Also they usually have a recruit line you can ask questions.

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    jennieveamore

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    if anyone has information on how to start the process please advise

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    MIMI

    over 5 years ago

    264 Comments

    Yes texas not just Austin there are may more cities!

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    torribishop

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    I have tried numerous times to get into becoming an police officer. I have been turned down three times. There is no way to prepare for the test. How do I get mentally prepared for these examination?

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    JOEED1962

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    MY NAME IS JOE ED GARCIA.THANK YOU.YES I WAN TO BE A POLICE OFFICER,PLEASE, CAN YOU TALK ME,WHERE I NEED TO GO AND GET THE RIGHT PERSONS TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT.THANKS.JOE

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    AARONPAUL

    over 5 years ago

    94 Comments

    HEY!! I CAN NOT WAIT TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER..M.P.U.S.ARMY IS NOT THE SAME.I LIVE IN TEXAS ALSO.TEST TIME;THEN OFF TO ACADEMY I GO.AFTER ALL THE OTHER THINGS 1ST I MUST PASS....DID NOT LIKE TRUCK DRIVEING AT ALL.ALL MY LIFE I WANTED TO WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OUTSIDE THE U.S.ARMY (M.P. WORK) HAPPY!!!

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    LDavis86

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    hey my name larry i have this big thing of becoming a cop.Am current in school taking criminal justice to become an cop.I stay in atlanta georgia could anyone help me.

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    darylriley

    over 5 years ago

    72 Comments

    I've heard that Austin PD just recently cancelled an academy just a few weeks into it and sent everyone home...I have no first hand information on this, but a relative in Texas State Govt mentioned it to me last week.

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    HuskerSteve

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Wondering why Omaha, NE didn't make the list...Low unemployment, short commute time, low cost of living...strong economic growth....Was it just because of starting salary? Hmmmm....

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    jpete87

    over 5 years ago

    16 Comments

    i know tons of police in san antonio that actuallty pull 6 figures after side jobs and overtime are factored in.

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    geminigod26

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    iv been thinkin of becomein an officer. im a truck driver now and am gettin burned out. can someone give me some advice on what i need to do.

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    barryedaniel

    over 5 years ago

    4034 Comments

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Achaffee

    over 5 years ago

    18 Comments

    Wow... down to the details

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    Gursimran

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Hmmm..... Interesting...!!!

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