Illinois named 4th-best state for police officers, study says

With National Police Week kicking off next week, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's best and worst states to be a police officer.

Illinois ranked behind North Dakota, Connecticut and New York to place fourth in the rankings.

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 dataset ranges from median income for law-enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.

Illinois ranked first in median income for law-enforcement officers (adjusted for cost of living), twelfth for law-enforcement officers per capita, thirtieth for violent-crime rate, seventh for state and local police-protection expenses per capita, sixteenth for property-crime rate, eleventh in police deaths per 1,000 officers, and eighth in housing affordability.

WalletHub says "law-enforcement officers" includes police and sheriff's patrol officers, detectives and criminal investigators.

For the full report, click here.
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