Special Report

States With the Most Police Officers

5. Wyoming
> Police officer count: 278 per 100,000 people (1,551 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 234 per 100,000 people – 8th lowest (1,364 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 59 – 6th lowest
> Population covered: 558,398 – the smallest

Source: Kathryn Kirsch / iStock via Getty Images

4. Illinois
> Police officer count: 287 per 100,000 people (9,301 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 426 per 100,000 people – 18th highest (53,612 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 179 – 22nd lowest
> Population covered: 3,236,561 – 23rd smallest

Source: AlessandroPhoto / iStock via Getty Images

3. New York
> Police officer count: 328 per 100,000 people (58,388 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 364 per 100,000 people – 25th lowest (70,339 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 403 – 10th most
> Population covered: 17,797,949 – 4th largest

Source: ablokhin / iStock Editorial via Getty Images

2. Louisiana
> Police officer count: 342 per 100,000 people (10,211 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 639 per 100,000 people – 5th highest (29,704 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 160 – 21st lowest
> Population covered: 2,983,699 – 21st smallest

Source: William Thomas Cain / Getty Images News via Getty Images

1. New Jersey
> Police officer count: 430 per 100,000 people (38,223 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 195 per 100,000 people – 5th lowest (17,353 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 529 – 4th most
> Population covered: 8,882,067 – 8th largest

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.