Experts weigh in on 2017’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer

In order to determine the best and worst states in which to pursue a law enforcement career, analysts from WalletHub – a personal finance website – compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key indicators of police-friendliness. Metrics in 2017’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer ranged from median income for law enforcement officers to the rate of officer fatalities to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.

The future of law enforcement rests in the hands of policy, the availability of resources, and the relationship between officers and the residents they vow to serve and protect. To advance the discussion, WalletHub asked a panel of “experts” for their insight on a range of key issues. Along with 14 other university professors, Dr. Chris Donner (Assistant Professor) was one of the featured criminal justice & criminology researchers. Dr. Donner’s insights into policing in America can be found at wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-be-a-cop/34669/#christopher-m-donner. You can also read more about WalletHub’s methodology, findings, as well as commentary from other research “experts” at wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-be-a-cop/34669.