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Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

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#21. Hartford, CT

Population: 124,563

City’s Average Salary: $48,650


Starting Salary for Police Officers: $34,554

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 74

Average Commute Time: 33.2 minutes

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 199

Unemployment Rate: 8

Nicknamed the “Insurance Capital of the World,” Hartford is home to some of the world’s largest insurance company headquarters. It also boasts some of the nation’s oldest institutions — the oldest art museum, park and continuously published newspaper all hail from Hartford. The high average salary and low cost of living make living in Hartford a great deal.

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    PurpleHope

    9 months ago

    16 Comments

    Indeed, education is so important. It is really interesting what I read here http://www.gone2korea.com/, that in Asia police officers have a very active program and they get cool cars. Attractive for some, right?

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    tigerlilly_07

    almost 3 years ago

    1322 Comments

    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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    Damifino61

    almost 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    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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    CenTexCop

    almost 3 years ago

    50 Comments

    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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    Anonymous

    almost 3 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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    helen23

    almost 3 years ago

    110 Comments

    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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    delta425

    about 3 years ago

    226 Comments

    This is very good list.

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    lawnmowerjoe87

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    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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    kmgibbs

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

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

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    Tcop77

    almost 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    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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    jrecruitw

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

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

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Yeah, go SEATTLE!!!!!

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    guilmar

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    yeah seattle

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    ggraves

    over 4 years ago

    88 Comments

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

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    harborcop4

    over 4 years ago

    232 Comments

    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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