Print

Become a Cop >> Browse Articles >> Career Resources

+89

Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

Stock Photo

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 >>


+89
  • N648515131_94478_8290_max50

    WWilliams86

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    oh my god, 60,000to start off being a cop n seattle with no degree,i almost have a degree so if if 60,00 is the low for me in seattle send me there

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Hello all, I have a school project were I must research at least 4 police departments that are currently hiring or recruiting for police officers. I have to describe the process of law enforcement recruitment, hiring, and training. Please help me locate these police departments.

  • 2011_pics_067_max50

    JeMan

    over 5 years ago

    524 Comments

    I'm surprised not to see any Florida departments.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Chris4506

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    San Antonio is really not that great, but just to live in texas is...

  • Police_052_max50

    ThBnn

    over 5 years ago

    514 Comments

    i need to move to texas!

  • P5110416_max50

    CGoldbach

    over 5 years ago

    44 Comments

    good thing I live in Texas, San Antonio here I come! haha

  • Img004_max50

    bricetheman2006

    over 5 years ago

    22 Comments

    Hey this is crap, where is Dallas Police Department. They should have been in the top 10.

  • K9_academy_pic_4_max50

    rodneyra1

    over 5 years ago

    20 Comments

    Wouldn't even consider Dallas. Even if it was 80K.... But Fort Worth is an excellent dept starting at around 48K.

  • K9_academy_pic_4_max50

    rodneyra1

    over 5 years ago

    20 Comments

    A small suburb of DFW (Hurst) is where I'm aiming for. Great community (I grew up there). Officers start at about 58K...... And a great department too!!!

  • Me_posing_2_max50

    bearcatiam

    over 5 years ago

    22 Comments

    Columbus, Ohio should NOT be #17... It should not even be on this 25 list. The mayor is threatening to lay off 297 police officers if an upcoming levy doesn't pass. Complete investigative divisions will be eliminated and the citizens will definitely feel the impact when the murder and violent crime rise dramatically!!

  • 15300287_bg1_max50

    bluelineapplicant

    over 5 years ago

    114 Comments

    Portland Oregon number 7 that's good to hear

  • Garita2_max50

    Inxorte

    over 5 years ago

    734 Comments

    How about Houston or Dallas/FTW?

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Did some of the "acorn people" help in this data collection?

  • M_73863316086c41e1a89175af8e4dc745_max50

    jorge_low

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    man oh man i just recently turned 21 last month i was going to apply for police officer over here in n las vegas there hiring right now 150 people next thing i find out you got to be a citizen and guess what im not guess i gata become one before i can apply gata wait till i become one and till there's another opening man that got me down

  • Img_0205_max50

    baldie

    over 5 years ago

    168 Comments

    Virginia Beach, VA --

    "$36,995 Annual Salary During Police Academy
    New police officer recruits are paid $36,995 while attending the 24-week police academy.

    $38, 868 Annual Salary Upon Academy Graduation (5% Increase)
    Upon graduation from the police academy, police officers are sworn in and receive a 5% increase to $38,868. This amount represents "base" salary which does not include earnings from paid overtime or court time. All uniforms and equipment are supplied by the Virginia Beach Police Department."

    As found here:
    http://www.vbgov.com/vgn.aspx?vgnextoid=98c01d7ccde36110VgnVCM10000...

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.