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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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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    WOW. Not one Arizona PD, and CA had only one in the top 25.

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    JBtcso3424

    over 5 years ago

    554 Comments

    WOW Austin made #1, what about Travis County, why are we not in there, or do they not want Sheriff Depts. hmmm, sup with that.

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    cmh308

    over 5 years ago

    3516 Comments

    Great information. Just FYI Columbus, Ohio and Honolulu, HI are NOT hiring at this time.

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    MCBJ

    over 5 years ago

    5874 Comments

    I haven't been in every one of the listed cities.

    But, of the ones I've ever lived in or visited, I totally agree with the comments.

    Two things: (a) I'm surprised that San Diego is only #25, and, (b) any folks who aspire to join Portland, OR PD, just be aware there is a lawyer up there who somehow believes he is on this earth to issue parking tickets to on-duty patrol officers...I kid you not...

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    tigerlilly_07

    over 5 years ago

    1322 Comments

    Good List.. Hopefully when I'm going through the hiring process Austin will be hiring. I wouldn't have to move that far away from my mom's side of the family and I'd have two family members from my dad's side of the family within a twenty minute drive.

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    blucas80

    over 5 years ago

    1002 Comments

    Good list, hopefully none of those cities will be laying off any police officers. Seems like that's all the my state talks about.

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    LP_MD

    over 5 years ago

    1358 Comments

    Hey where's Balmer (Baltimore) or DC? Clean , fresh air, little noise or traffic, LEO friendly neighborhood folks...HAH ;)

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    didevine

    over 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    My wife and I just took a vacation to the mainland and we stopped for a few days in San Antonio to visit a friend. What a shithole.

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    rpd242

    over 5 years ago

    158 Comments

    wow, we made a list? and it wasnt for most homicides

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    Woody_TX

    over 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    Austin and San Antonio #1 and #2

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    Mr_Fister

    over 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    i would like to see a list that ranks the highest populated city in every state from best to worst

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    JamieKent2000

    over 5 years ago

    36 Comments

    lol Nashville Tn made 16 sweet

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    lv_fuzz

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Who made this list? No Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department anywhere on the list. I laugh!!!!!!!!!

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    Miles07

    over 5 years ago

    24 Comments

    #6 for Seattle PD! Starting pay $60,672 and tops out at $90,000!

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    spchudsonkj

    over 5 years ago

    150 Comments

    Hell yeah Salt Lake!!! Number 3!!! Go UTAH!!

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