The 10 Most Over-Policed Cities in America

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This story was written by Kathy Morris and originally appeared on Zippia.com.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average police officer earns a healthy $65,400 a year.

This steady salary is an above-average income that comes with relatively low training requirements and heaping benefits, including the increasingly envy-inspiring pension. However, each city and police department has its own pay, requirements and size.

And the number of police department employees per citizen can vary dramatically by city. Some have a staggering 101 police employees per 10,000 citizens, while others only have one-tenth of that number.

We evaluated 353 cities to find the cities with more than their share of police employees.

We used the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting data to determine the number of police officers, as well as the total number of police department employees per 10,000 residents, in the 353 cities.

The more police employees to citizens, the more policed a city is. We excluded all departments with fewer than 100 officers.

Large Northeastern cities and tourist hot spots make up the bulk of the top 10. Keep reading to see the scope of the police departments in the top 10 cities.

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