Being reminded that our tiny city of less than two square miles with a population of 6,684 has a police force of twenty-six officers raises the question of whether this is not an unusually high ratio of police officers to residents. A search for comparative data discovered a table on Governing.com that gives the number of police officers per capita in the one hundred largest cities in the United States. These are cities with populations in the hundreds of thousands, if not the millions, so the table gives the number of officers per 10,000 residents. By applying a little math, we get the number of officers per 6,684 residents--the population of Hudson.
Our chart includes only the ten cities that have the highest ratio of police officers to residents. Of the ten, only seven have a higher number of police officers per capita than we do in Hudson. Based on the numbers alone, it does seem that Hudson has an unusually high ratio of police officers to residents, but the numbers alone provide insufficient basis for speculating about whether the number of police officers in Hudson is unnecessarily high or inappropriately high.
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