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Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

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Kevin Powers,

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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    about 4 years ago


    I'd have to agree with CenTexCop, the one time I was able to see the cops there in action there was a large crowd arguing with every little thing they did.. Poor guys, couldn't even wipe their brows without getting bawled out for it.

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    about 4 years ago


    I have to agree with Centex about Austin.Don't know why S.A always get second rated but as a 33 yr retiree from SAPD, I have to argue for first place. S.A.'s got a better rretirement package than Austin,less traffic hassles and a lower cost of living.Not knocking Austin,it's a nice little city but all things being equal,I'm glad I put in my time here I did.I've been retired now for 8 years and I still feel like I'm part of the "family".
    As far as the rest of the list goes,who wants to deal with snow,ice and sleet 6 months out of the year?

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    about 4 years ago


    Austin always comes out #1 on these lists, which just demonstrates how flawed these lists are. Austin is a wonderful city, but one that is very hard on its police. The population is extremely liberal, and as such is extremely critical of anything and anyone perceived as "establishment" or "government" or "authoritarian." The local media and citizenry are very anti-police, and it is taken for granted that police are ignorant, loutish violent racist neanderthals who only became cops to violate the rights of minorities when they aren't busy beating them or shooting them for sport. So, yes, Austin is a beautiful city and more liveable than most. Yes, Austin has a thriving economy. Yes, Austin pays well and has good benefits. But Austin is also a very hard place to be a police officer, and one of the few places I would purposefully avoid in a job search.

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    about 4 years ago

    I get the job market thing, but the criteria in these lists always seem flawed. How about this: 1) community police relationship (ie: do they hate you?) 2) or just call it "Crime Rate" 3) Historical relationship between the police and the city government/council 3) Retirement system 4) Benefit package 5) Avg age and education of the officers 6) How great is the Chief 6) Oppourtunities for varied assignment. I could go on and on. Stuff real cops want to know. I would bet that many, many guys (& gals!) would want to go where they are wanted, valued, welcomed and respected. This is never covered in these silly lists.

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    about 4 years ago


    I have to admit this is a very interesting list of the top 25 cities for working in the law enforcement field. I am currently in the process of moving back to my home city of Cleveland to be closer to my parents due to their failing health and age, and was glad to see that Columbus and Cincinnati were both on the list. My dad even though is in his 70's is still a reserve officer for the Euclid police department. So if he can do it so can I. Thanks for this list!!! It helps in making a hard decision a bit easier when it comes to looking for a career move.

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    over 4 years ago


    This is very good list.

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    over 4 years ago


    Born and raised in MN, but I'm proud to say that I'm moving to Austin, TX in a few weeks. Policelink is right. Austin, TX is #1 for several good reasons. If you want to experience a little taste of heaven on earth and escape the economic oppression, than y'all better move to Austin before the Mayan calender stops in 2012. haha :)

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    almost 5 years ago


    Where's Omaha? It has lower cost of living and unemployment than just about all of these places!

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    almost 5 years ago


    San Antonio is an awesome city, especially for two week long training seminars. Went there in 2001 for DARE officer training and had one heck of a time. Love that River Walk.

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    about 5 years ago


    Just starting my career in Hartford. Nice to see us on the list.

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    over 5 years ago

    Yeah, go SEATTLE!!!!!

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    over 5 years ago


    yeah seattle

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    over 5 years ago


    Funny how the last one said Omaha, NE and now its changed!

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    over 5 years ago


    You are all wrong. Port Fourchon Louisiana. Harbor Police Start at $38,000. With 5 years experience you start at $43,800. Then the company pays 100% health insurance on you, the wife and up to 5 kids. We work a 7 & 7 schedule. 7 days on 7 days off. We handle 30 complaints a week. We are an oilfield port so the normal bull calls don't come in that often. 15 of the 30 are unlocking vehicles. Then there is the OT. Way to much OT. With that you can pull in $60k plus. The unemployment rate here is 3%. but I say if your not working here it is because you are lazy.

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    over 5 years ago


    No Saint Louis Metropolitan police department is the the best place to work for police officers.

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