Philly ranks high for return on its investment in police


The city of Philadelphia is doing very well when it comes to its “return on investment” in police operations. 

A survey by the website found Philadelphia is the best big city of the 110 U.S. cities evaluated, said Jill Gonzalez of WalletHub.

That determination, she said, was “based on crime rates and per-capita expenditures on police forces after normalizing the data by poverty rates, unemployment rates and median household income.”

Philadelphia ranks 23rd in the overall survey, she said.

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“It has a 5 percent crime rate, so about average on what we saw,” she said. “But they are only spending $339 per capita when it comes to their police force, so that is a very efficient balance.”

Pittsburgh ranked 16th in the survey;  New York came in at 101; and Los Angeles was 98.

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