South Carolina Ranks Among Worst States for Police Officers in America

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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.

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.

South Carolina was found to be the 43rd worst state in America. North Carolina wasn’t much better, coming in at #29 overall.

Best States to Be a Cop

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Opportunity & Competition  Law Enforcement Training Requirements  Job Hazards & Protections 
1 Connecticut 59.91 18 1 7
2 California 57.97 16 2 13
3 Illinois 56.95 5 6 21
4 District of Columbia 56.66 1 3 49
5 Maryland 56.34 13 7 8
6 Massachusetts 55.46 3 12 14
7 Minnesota 52.96 6 18 4
8 Washington 52.88 4 13 20
9 Colorado 52.65 7 8 31
10 Ohio 51.93 26 5 26
11 Maine 50.99 20 17 3
12 Georgia 48.44 28 10 24
13 New York 46.72 2 40 9
14 Tennessee 46.64 37 4 41
15 Delaware 46.57 9 24 19
16 South Dakota 45.53 23 9 38
17 New Hampshire 44.76 11 44 1
18 Texas 44.37 29 11 39
19 New Jersey 44.21 8 39 6
20 Pennsylvania 43.75 27 26 18
21 Iowa 43.58 10 30 16
22 Indiana 43.35 41 14 30
23 Virginia 42.98 24 28 11
24 Rhode Island 42.93 48 21 10
25 Vermont 42.86 31 38 2
26 Michigan 42.73 25 23 29
27 Oklahoma 41.53 32 15 45
28 Utah 41.24 49 25 5
29 North Carolina 40.61 36 27 22
30 New Mexico 39.85 19 16 51
31 Nebraska 39.62 17 46 12
32 Wisconsin 39.52 30 31 25
33 Idaho 39.33 45 20 32
34 Arizona 39.08 22 32 27
35 Missouri 38.70 46 19 33
36 Florida 38.41 33 42 15
37 North Dakota 37.51 21 49 17
38 Kansas 37.46 14 34 37
39 Oregon 36.99 34 41 23
40 Wyoming 36.76 43 22 40
41 Alabama 34.57 15 47 36
42 Kentucky 34.16 40 29 42
43 South Carolina 33.74 35 33 44
44 Louisiana 32.39 12 43 48
45 Montana 31.87 38 35 46
46 Nevada 31.02 39 48 34
47 Mississippi 29.38 50 37 43
48 West Virginia 29.24 47 45 35
49 Alaska 26.91 42 50 47
50 Hawaii 26.03 44 51 28
51 Arkansas 25.56 51 36 50

What do you think we should do to improve law enforcement in the Carolinas?

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