Website says Montana is the sixth worst place to be a cop in the US

The financial site Wallet Hub published a study recently naming Montana the sixth worst place in the United States to be a law enforcement officer.

KGVO reached out to Wallet Hub analyst and attorney Jill Gonzalez to find out why Montana ranked so low on the list nationally.

“(Montana) is not the best place for a cop,” Gonzalez began. “Montana currently ranks 45th out of 50 states and DC, so it’s in the bottom 10, especially when it comes to occupational hazards. It’s not necessarily such a crime-ridden state, but just when we’re looking at such a large area to cover for road safety. It’s a concern there because there are simply so many roads to travel. So that’s what we’re looking for here in terms of agent safety. »

Gonzalez went deeper into the study of Wallet Hubs and why Montana has failed to enforce the law.

“We look at about 30 different indicators of police friendliness that range from the median income of law enforcement officers to things like police deaths to national and local police protection per capita,” a- she declared. “So not just from a cost perspective, what does the opportunity look like and are there any jobs available? What are the training requirements? What are occupational hazards and protection? »

Gonzalez provided suggestions for improvement from the Wallet Hub study.

“When we look at training requirements and things like body cameras and so on, that’s one area where Montana could definitely catch up with most other states,” she said. “There isn’t necessarily any police body camera legislation yet, like in many states. Do you have that now? Even things like carrying naloxone to help prevent overdose deaths. That’s something that could be a little better in Montana too.

Gonzalez had more suggestions for improvement to help Montana move up the list by becoming a more “police” state.

“I think I see what kind of legislation is in place,” she said. “Obviously the police don’t make legislation, but it’s something that you really have to look at having the power to make sure that we see that the police in Montana are getting as good training as the police of New York. , that technology is catching up, and that the police themselves are catching up as well.

Connecticut, California and Illinois were named the three “best states to be a cop”, while Alaska, Hawaii and Arkansas were last on the list.

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