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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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    TGman

    over 5 years ago

    594 Comments

    GO CINCINNATI!!!!!!!!! lol

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    sselby86

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Hoping that everything pans out in my background investigation with Columbus PD

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    Elektra

    over 5 years ago

    214 Comments

    This was interesting to read!

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    St. Louis is a small city with a lot of crime.....Damn It. But the officers advancce quick. U might be detective in 3 years..

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    vockiss

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    i want be a under cover investigator

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    tbbeckham

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    No suprise Atlanta didn't make the list

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    Thrash450

    over 5 years ago

    14 Comments

    if you r bored with your dept and think you have no action in your city you are more than welcome to come to Columbus MS and work your ass off and have fun for around 30k a year.

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    Thrash450

    over 5 years ago

    14 Comments

    they should make it a federal law that leo make a min of 40 to 45k for what we do.

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    Castmin

    over 5 years ago

    88 Comments

    Aw, Detroit didn't make the top 25.....

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    police2deputy

    over 5 years ago

    190 Comments

    Who the hell is kylereedy and why are you even on a LE site?? Your comments make no sence and have no relation to this article. Sounds to me like you are just looking to bash cops.

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    securetexas

    over 5 years ago

    1038 Comments

    Cannot agree with the commute time... Cool place to live, if you love the water... Lake Travis is # 1

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    peyork2003

    over 5 years ago

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    Surprised that Knoxville,TN didn't make the list.....

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    azcopper51965

    over 5 years ago

    602 Comments

    Very interesting and informative. Thanks!

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    steelnpearls

    over 5 years ago

    290 Comments

    Austin knows how to treat it's officers and firemen...my brother-in-law is an Austin fireman/EMT...nice city too!

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

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