Special Report

States With the Most Police Officers

40. Montana
> Police officer count: 184 per 100,000 people (2,032 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 470 per 100,000 people – 11th highest (5,077 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 112 – 14th lowest
> Population covered: 1,104,271 – 8th smallest

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39. Michigan
> Police officer count: 186 per 100,000 people (17,961 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 478 per 100,000 people – 10th highest (47,641 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 538 – 3rd most
> Population covered: 9,663,515 – 7th largest

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38. Kentucky
> Police officer count: 189 per 100,000 people (7,494 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 259 per 100,000 people – 11th lowest (11,600 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 289 – 19th most
> Population covered: 3,971,950 – 24th largest

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37. New Mexico
> Police officer count: 193 per 100,000 people (3,181 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 778 per 100,000 people – 2nd highest (16,393 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 94 – 9th lowest
> Population covered: 1,650,825 – 12th smallest

36. West Virginia
> Police officer count: 195 per 100,000 people (3,456 total)
> Violent crime rate, 2020: 356 per 100,000 people – 23rd lowest (6,352 total)
> Number of law enforcement agencies: 339 – 15th most
> Population covered: 1,768,313 – 13th smallest

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