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10 Most Stable Cities for Police Officers

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#4. Des Moines, IA



Population: 193,886

Beginning Police Officer Pay: $36,473
Officer can earn $4,000-$8,000 more in Des Moines with a law enforcement degree.

Housing Affordability Rank: 31

Unemployment Rank: 6

Avg. Travel Time to Work: 17.5 minutes

Job Forecast Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 9

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Your salary and OT goes a long way in South Texas.

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    AHP3611

    about 4 years ago

    316 Comments

    If your are looking to make a decent salary go to the east or west coast police departments. If looking for for a job paying under 40K then every thing else is in the middle until you promote in rank. I have been retired in Arizona for 10 years, making 45k a year, maybe I will get a cost of living increase every year. Health insurance runs around 6k 12k a year. Unless you work for Phx PD or another large police department which picks up most of your health insurance cost. I don't know about you but 45K before taxes is tight in this economy. I know on this side of the counrty CA AK have the best salary and retirement benefits, because they move to Arizona and rub it into my nose. LOL

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    rhile772

    about 4 years ago

    210 Comments

    Places would not have thought of to work

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX, well then... I'm going to be down there this summer... *thinking*.

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    diderr

    about 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    All cities are below 40K beginning. I was looking at Omaha or Lincoln NE. Nice to see Omaha is #1.

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    michelleg

    over 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    GO TEXAS!!

    McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX...

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    mudpuppynj

    over 4 years ago

    384 Comments

    The examples I can provide to you are as follows: NYPD starting pay is around 40K, top pay reached in 6 and half years at 90K total compensation. 20 year retirement with benefits. If you stay longer then 20 years the pension amount goes up significantly and the supplemental retirement the city pays you also increases. They also have a ton of OT and being the largest police department in the world, your potential to make rank and work in special assignments is always there. I do not work for the NYPD by the way. Where I work in Central NJ, starting pay is 41K in academy, 50K out of academy, and we are topped out at 101K after five years BASE salary. paid medical benefits after retirement, and currently paid benefits with no employee contribution. All PD's in NJ have the same pension which is 65% final year salary at 25 yrs of service, or 50% at 20 yrs but NO medical.

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    mudpuppynj

    over 4 years ago

    384 Comments

    this article is not going off of highest starting pay otherwise none of these places would make the list. It seems to me they are going off the statistics that Forbes ranks as most appealing IE: Low unemployment rank, Affordability of housing, and commute times. Obviously there are several departments all over the country that start you higher then these on the list. Do your own research as to where YOU want to work and can afford to live. I see some guys on here from California are offended which I understand until you factor in the EGREGIOUS cost of living in Southern California or in the Bay Area. Another factor you have to consider is what the TOP PAY is where you are looking to work, the time it takes to reach top pay, the benefits package, the pension plan, and most importantly nowadays if they provide medical benefits AFTER retirement. When you look at the big picture then high cost of living places like California, New Jersey, New York, etc... shine above and beyond these places listed here.

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    popcop

    over 4 years ago

    312 Comments

    Too bad I have been "trapped" in the Swedish Nat:l Police for far too many years........would have loved working for LASD - a salary to live on:) compared to mine.....a measly inspector´s salary $48947 after nearly 40 yrs of slavery:(

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    RobertDearmore

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Sorry boys and girls but I gotta blow all you out of the water.... Southern Cal tops all of these! LASD & LAPD start at $56,000 and go to $75,000. Most smaller PD's in So.Ca. are close. LASD Sgt's make $90,000-95,000. I am retired LASD Sgt., 32yrs. and I take home $85,000 plus fully paid med..
    and all the crime you can fine to fight... Come on out.... The weathers good too....

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    diane52520

    over 4 years ago

    406 Comments

    Too bad Corpus did not make the roster!

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    GeorgiaBLUE

    over 4 years ago

    3226 Comments

    City of Sandy Springs Police, GA - Is the second largest Metro- Atlanta City. We have 100,000 residence, 10,000 business, 4 Major Hospitals, daytime population exceeds 300,000. We have 150 sworn and 40 square mile city. We are the highest paid Police Department in the State of Georgia. If you are a Georgia Certified Peace Officer you will start at $48,000 and a take home car.

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    coachdisney

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    hey does anybody know of a good paying k-9 police officer job around Oklahoma??Like in Kansas,Oklahoma, Texas or even prolly Colorado??I am looking for a better and more of a jurisdiction place to go..Right now, my area consits of 12 miles long..thats it..in this town there is only about 1100 people..I am not cleet certified yet,but seeing what my options are..my email is coachdisney@yahoo.com..please let me know if anyone knows any where I should go..thanks and merry christmas to you all.

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    LawdawgTRAV

    over 4 years ago

    832 Comments

    This is off for Colorado Springs. They're about to be 50 officers short next year, 2010, and aren't filling any openings now. And the crime rate is spiking. I lived there 2 years ago and you could almost not even have to worry about being stopped. some of CSPD that I chatted with said they have 10-20 calls stacked at times when they come on shift. The new chief disband Traffic, so the only 2 elements of that that remain are the DUI team and Motors. Everyone else was reassigned to Patrol and they're still swamped. Great agency, but Colo. Spgs. sees public safety as expendable. They've cut FD slots as well. Very sad.

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    dma0771

    over 4 years ago

    132 Comments

    Hell I work for a poor county in alabama and I made over 38,000 a year last year. Shlebyu county S.O. starts out at 43,000.00 a year for a new officer. I don't agree with this article at all.

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