With National Police Week kicking off on May 14, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer.

In order to determine the best states to pursue a career in law enforcement, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from median income for law-enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.

Life & Work for Cops in New Jersey (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 11th – Law-Enforcement Officers per Capita
  • 2nd – Median Income for Law-Enforcement Officers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 13th – Violent-Crime Rate
  • 9th – State & Local Police-Protection Expenses per Capita
  • 3rd – Property-Crime Rate
  • 29th – Police Deaths per 1,000 Officers
  • 5th – Road Safety

Note: “Law-enforcement officers” includes police and sheriff’s patrol officers, detectives and criminal investigators.

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