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Maryland Is 2022’s 5th Best State for Police Officers – WalletHub Study


Information via WalletHub: With President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address calling for the nation to “fund the police” with better training and resources, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

In order to determine the best states to pursue a career in law enforcement, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from the 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 Maryland (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 16th – Median Income for Law-Enforcement Officers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 25th – Median Income Growth for Law-Enforcement Officers
  • 28th – Violent-Crime Rate
  • 5th – State & Local Police-Protection Expenses per Capita
  • 5th – Police Deaths per 1,000 Officers

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

For the full report, please visit:

Top 5 states / jurisdictions include:

1 Connecticut
2 California
3 Illinois
4 District of Columbia
5 Maryland

Bottom 5 states include:

47 Mississippi
48 West Virginia
49 Alaska
50 Hawaii
51 Arkansas

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