Special Report

Cities With the Most Police per Capita

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50. Mount Vernon, New York
> Total population: 68,889
> Law enforcement employees per 100K: 390
> Total law enforcement employees: 269 (207 officers, 62 civilian employees)
> Violent crimes reported per 100K in 2018: 510 (332nd highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Property crime reported per 100K in 2018: 1,415 (1,122nd highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> % of people below poverty level: 14.7% (676th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Pct. black: 65.8% (25th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)

49. Boston, Massachusetts
> Total population: 694,673
> Law enforcement employees per 100K: 391
> Total law enforcement employees: 2,715 (2,122 officers, 593 civilian employees)
> Violent crimes reported per 100K in 2018: 622 (231st highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Property crime reported per 100K in 2018: 2,016 (834th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> % of people below poverty level: 20.2% (350th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Pct. black: 25.3% (233rd highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)

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48. Galveston, Texas
> Total population: 50,896
> Law enforcement employees per 100K: 393
> Total law enforcement employees: 200 (142 officers, 58 civilian employees)
> Violent crimes reported per 100K in 2018: 521 (317th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Property crime reported per 100K in 2018: 3,024 (406th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> % of people below poverty level: 20.8% (319th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Pct. black: 18.3% (361st highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)

47. Charleston, West Virginia
> Total population: 47,470
> Law enforcement employees per 100K: 394
> Total law enforcement employees: 187 (163 officers, 24 civilian employees)
> Violent crimes reported per 100K in 2018: 697 (183rd highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Property crime reported per 100K in 2018: 6,010 (25th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> % of people below poverty level: 20.6% (330th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Pct. black: 15.4% (417th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)

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46. Newport, Rhode Island
> Total population: 24,863
> Law enforcement employees per 100K: 394
> Total law enforcement employees: 98 (80 officers, 18 civilian employees)
> Violent crimes reported per 100K in 2018: 342 (584th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Property crime reported per 100K in 2018: 2,413 (651st highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> % of people below poverty level: 14.4% (702nd highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)
> Pct. black: 6.4% (769th highest of 1,843 cities with pop. of 20K or more)

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