National Police Week kicks off next week and ahead of it WalletHub has released it's findings on the Best and Worst States to be a Police Officer in 2018. Right now there are over 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in the US and they face obstacles everyday and put their life on the line to serve their communities.  Like in any job, some states fare better for our law enforcement.

To find out which states were the best and worst they compared all the states and the District of Columbia over "25 key indicators of police-friendliness". This means everything from income to police deaths. It should be noted that this study is for Law Enforcement which includes "police and sheriff’s patrol officers, detectives and criminal investigators."

Good news is that New York finished very close to the top for the BEST states for Police Officers. Here is how the state ranked on some of the key factors-

Life & Work for Cops in New York (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 5th – Law-Enforcement Officers per Capita
  • 27th – Violent-Crime Rate
  • 29th – % of Homicide Cases Solved
  • 3rd – State & Local Police-Protection Expenses per Capita
  • 26th – Police Deaths per 1,000 Officers
Source: WalletHub

Here are the Top 10 Best States for Police Officers

  1. North Dakota
  2. New York
  3. Connecticut
  4. Minnesota
  5. California
  6. Washington
  7. Illinois
  8. Texas
  9. Maryland
  10. Maine

Here are the Top 10 Worst States for Police Officers

  1. Arkansas
  2. Louisiana
  3. Idaho
  4. Alaska
  5. New Mexico
  6. Kentucky
  7. West Virginia
  8. South Carolina
  9. Tennessee
  10. Missouri

To learn more about this study from WalletHub and see the break out of factors click HERE.

To learn more about New York Law Enforcement Agencies click HERE.