Being a law enforcement officer often seems like a thankless job, where cops are faced with no-win situations. On one end of the spectrum. there are people who love to find reasons to criticize police for brutality or use of force, without knowing all the facts or the circumstances. Conversely, there are people who will criticize cops when they do silly, lighthearted things in their community, claiming that cops shouldn't be doing those kinds of things. Seems ridiculous doesn't it?

There are segments of the population that just hate the police in general and, sadly, you do have a percentage of the police that do things to justify that hate - it's that whole "bad apple ruining the bunch" analogy. Unfortunately, the 'bad' cops tend to get more publicity than the good ones. We can't forget that there is a much, much higher percentage of cops who are amazing people and really want to help you and make our communities a better place.

I've had the chance to meet and work with a bunch of law enforcement folks in Evansville, including members of the EPD and the VCSO - all of whom are brave, kind, caring, generous, funny, awesome people. I could never do what they do, and I am so grateful for them.

What states are best and worst for being a police officer, and what makes a state 'good' or 'bad' for law enforcement? What does that even mean? The folks from WalletHub answered those questions. How did the Tri-State score? Well, I think it's safe to say one state is really good, one state is pretty average, and one state has lots of room to improve.

  • Illinois ranked in the top ten...#10 actually.
  • Indiana is right there in the middle of the pack at #22.
  • Kentucky just barely avoided the bottom ten at #40.

Scroll over the map to see results for the rest of the country. Check out WalletHub to see how they came to these rankings.

Source: WalletHub

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