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To those who put on the uniform and protect the town, state, and country we live in, thank you.

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"Backing the blue" is not a new concept, but rather an idea that you, me, we...support our law enforcement that protects us daily.

In New England, we have a variety of states with drastically different landscapes, populations, crime rates, and even laws.

Curious where the best place to be a police officer was, I took to some data.

In order to find the overall top states to be a police officer in, subcategories needed to be created first.

According to a WalletHub article, some of those subcategories include: most law enforcement officers per capita, highest median income for law enforcement, highest median income growth for law enforcement from 2019-2020, lowest crime rates, highest homicide cases  solved, and highest state and local police protection expenses per capita.

The rankings of those categories determined the best place to be an officer.

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Sticking with the New England trend, the categories where New England shined were the lowest crime rates: #1 Maine, #2 New Hampshire, #3 Vermont, #4 Connecticut, #5 New Jersey, according to WalletHub.

New England also showed strong rankings in the highest median income growth from 2019 to 2020: #1 Maine, # 4 Massachusetts, and #5 New Hampshire, according to WalletHub.

So where is the best overall state to be a police officer?

According to WalletHub report, Connecticut ranks in the number one spot. Massachusetts is in the six spot, and Maine is at 11.

Regardless of where your state lands on this poll, stepping up to be in law enforcement is noble.

Thank you to those in blue.

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