A Georgia city was named the 10th worst place in the U.S. for police officers

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A new study of the best and worst cities in the U.S. in terms of quality of life for police officers turned up surprising results for one Georgia city, with another Georgia city right behind it.

The study ranks Warner Robins as the No. 10 worst city for quality of life for police officers, Gainesville ranks No. 11.

The percentage of people with a favorable view of the police has fallen 7% since 2017 and stands near the levels seen just after the Rodney King verdict.

Security.org today released a study on Best and Worst Cities for Police Officers  using the most recent data from the FBI and U.S. Department of Labor.

The rankings were determined by analyzing income, police deaths, employment opportunity and cost of living in each of the 300 cities studied.

20 Worst Cities for Police Officers:

  1. Lewiston, ME
  2. Ithaca, NY
  3. Santa Cruz, CA
  4. State College, PA
  5. Owensboro, KY
  6. Napa, CA
  7. Dubuque, IA
  8. Corvallis, OR
  9. Sumter, SC
  10. Warner Robins, GA
  11. Gainesville, GA
  12. Winchester, VA-WV
  13. Midland, MI
  14. California, MD
  15. Manhattan, KS
  16. Cape Girardeau, MO
  17. Harrisonburg, VA
  18. Columbus, IN
  19. Staunton-Waynesboro, VA
  20. Punta Gorda, FL

20 Best Cities for Police:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Birmingham, AL
  3. New York, NY
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Montgomery, AL
  6. Toledo, OH
  7. Louis, MO
  8. Buffalo, NY
  9. Cleveland OH
  10. Memphis, TN
  11. Columbus, OH
  12. Youngstown, OH
  13. Los Angeles, CA
  14. Charleston, WV
  15. Philadelphia, PA
  16. Washington, DC
  17. Dayton, OH
  18. Worcester, MA
  19. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
  20. Milwaukee, WI

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  1. I don’t think this study really means much. Any study that shows Chicago as better than any place in Georgia is severely flawed.

  2. As a proud Gainesville Georgia Police Officer, I can tell you this; if we are the 11th worst I am so happy for my brothers in the other cities that ranked better than us. I say this because here in Gainesville, GA we are treated with respect and dignity by our community, our courts, and our command. The Gainesville Police Department loves the community we serve and know that our community loves us. I truly believe basis for this ranking is flawed, but if it is true, I can rest easy tonight knowing that a VAST majority of my brothers and sisters have a great quality of life!
    Bryan Majors
    Gainesville Police Department
    Gainesville, GA


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