Report ranks Connecticut the second-best state for police officers

Connecticut was ranked the second-best state in the United States to be a police officer by a report from Wallethub.

Wallethub based its scores on the following categories: "opportunity and competition" (i.e. average starting salary, projected law-enforcement officers per capita), "law enforcement training requirements" (i.e. hours of training required, laws requiring officers to be able to respond to mental health) and "job hazards and protections" (i.e. share of homicide cases solved, investigation and prosecution on use of force by police officers). The categories were broken down into indicators of "police-friendliness", which were graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the most favorable condition for police officers.

Connecticut received a total score of 60.72, and ranked first in law enforcement training requirements, 34th for opportunity and competition and 17th for job hazards and protections. Connecticut also ranked third in the category of lowest violent crime rate.

Scroll through our list to see the overall top five best and top five worst states to be a police officer, according to the report.