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Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

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#16. Boston, MA

Population: 599,351

City’s Average Salary: $51,730

Starting Salary for Police Officers: $77,032 (with four year degree)

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 80

Average Commute Time: 27.3 minutes

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 118

Unemployment Rate: 7.4

The unofficial “Capital of New England” is home to 21 four-year colleges and universities, making it a national center for higher education. These schools add to the local economy, not just by creating jobs but by attracting loads of high tech industries to the city. And at an average salary of $51,730, Boston boasts one of the highest incomes on the list. Living costs, however, are on the higher side, which pushes this iconic city farther down the list.

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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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