SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on “2022’s Best and Worst States to Be a Police Officer” and Missouri checked in #35.

In order to determine the best states to pursue a career in law enforcement, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from the median income for law-enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.

Connecticut ranked #1 overall, with California and Illinois rounding out the top three. Missouri at #35 and Arkansas at the very bottom.

Source: WalletHub

The following were Missouri’ rankings, with 1 being best and 25 equalling an average score:

  • 46th – Opportunity & Completion
  • 19th – Law Enforcement Training Requirements
  • 33rd – Job Hazards & Protections
  • 50th – Median Income Growth for Law-Enforcement Officers

For the purposes of the report, “Law-enforcement officers” include police and sheriff’s patrol officers, detectives and criminal investigators.

The full results of the report are available here.