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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

    What about Illinois..............

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    920527

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    THE UNIFORM GUYS TAKE THE CRIMINALS OFF THE STREET,CORRECTION OFFICERS KEEP CRIMINALS INSIDE.I CANNOT SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE TWO DEPARTMENTS. IT IS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST CRIMINALS.

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    920527

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR GOOD MEN AND WOMEN. THE PAY IS ALWAYS COMPARABLE TO OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AROUND THE NATION.

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    RetCop9855

    over 5 years ago

    30 Comments

    I can't believe Camden NJ PD did not make it ? HA!!!!!!

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    NJLE

    over 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    NJ has highest PAY SCALE in NATION and NO department makes list?!

    Says more than I can EVER say about the state of this state!

    Too much politics, and nepostism, too many regs, too many tick turds to lock up. Crappy commutes, although state government and most (not all local governement!) wholly supports LE here."

    State guys just came off 10 year Fed scrutinization for racial profiling, that's pathetic, IMO, as most minorities sadly are doing the racketeering crimes now, drugs, girls, guns, and gangs. Guys hold back, and you cannot do your job "holding back".

    Every several years in my home county the county jail has a scandal resulting in arrests of C.O.'s (look it up!)

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    revbaseball19

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Haha Deli are you surprised Houston missed the list?

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    I was a little surprised to see Cincinnati where it is. Despite the media and other silliness... its a pretty good department. There are some recent policy issues that make things rough... but overall its a good department. Anyone out there who can comment on Raleigh, NC?

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    Gunns

    over 5 years ago

    5238 Comments

    Hmmmm. I live near one of these cities.

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    Deli734

    over 5 years ago

    410 Comments

    Austin hmm? Or San Antone? Both a couple hours away from Houston...
    (Which was missed on the lisr)

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    OfficerMNV879

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    Don't go to Louisville Metro PD either.....Mayor nor the Chief supports their law enforcement officers!!! Crime rate has gone up since Chief White has come to the dept. just like any dept he goes to!!! Moral is at an all time low!!! Fixing to take away the take home car program and officers now have to pay to use their patrol car off duty or drive it home!!!

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    avmonaco

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    No Phoenix? Bummer...

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    nebraska_deputy

    over 5 years ago

    1380 Comments

    I would LOVE to move to Denver,but my wife would never go for it.

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    kylereedy

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    its goo to see what happens when police officers interact with the people who pay there wages and try to make a difference in the community instead of treating every one they encounter like crap i know that not all cop are bad its the 20% or so that join the fore to go after the people that are like the kids that treated them like crap in high school. a police officers job is to serve and protected not population control and harassing the citizens that pay there wages. they need to start spending time with the people in there community and see what they can do to improve there community after all thats why they joined in the first place not to add to the chaos and confusion. thats just what i think they need the communities involvement to make a difference

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    kimdo

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    I recently moved back to the Bay Area, CA from San Diego. I'm surprised they do not have Fremont on the list. It has one of the highest salaries and benefits in the nation and impressive job schedule. The same time, it is very difficult department to get into now so job growth may have ceased.

    San Diego, though I love their department, is constantly facing money issues and problems with the the city. While it was going to increase employment, the financial crisis has forced the department to lower the number of accepted new trainees. Like chucky said, the department is gravely understaffed and getting worse as many employees transfer to other cities and departments for better pay.

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    ninjava

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    i think the population here in honolulu is a bit more than 5xx,xxx or at least feel like it is, haha. also good to see how we rank amogst all these major city groups.good list.

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