MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - "To serve and protect" is a motto cherished by more than 900,000 Americans who are employed in the relatively thankless job of law enforcement.
Although the mean annual wage is $61,600 (higher than the overall mean annual average wage for all occupations of $49,630 nationwide), 143 officers died in the line of duty in 2016.
If you're considering a career in law enforcement, the personal-finance website WalletHub has 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. Arkansas ranked 50th overall, Tennessee was 46th, and Mississippi was 41st.
Here's how Tennessee fared in the rankings:
Life & Work for Cops in Tennessee (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
36th – Law-Enforcement Officers per Capita
36th – Median Income for Law-Enforcement Officers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
47th – Violent-Crime Rate
24th – % of Homicide Cases Solved
29th – State & Local Police-Protection Expenses per Capita
39th – Property-Crime Rate
47th – Police Deaths per 1,000 Officers
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