National Police Week is being observed across the country this week with everything from memorial services to vigils and ceremonies to honor the memory of fallen law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

According to Wallet Hub, In the past 10 years, for instance, more than 1,500 police officers, including 158 in 2018 alone, died in the line of duty. Tens of thousands more were assaulted and injured.

That being said, what are the best vs. worst states for police officers? Wallet Hub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 key indicators of "police-friendliness". The data set ranges from median income, law-enforcement officers per capita, public image, to police deaths per 1,000 officers and more.

So, where did Iowa fall? The bad news? Not in the Top 10. The good news? Not in the bottom 10. Actually, the state of Iowa fared pretty well, coming in at #16. Iowa's total score was 49.97, less than 3 points away from cracking the top 10.

Best States for Police Officers
1 New York
2 Maryland
3 California
4 New Hampshire
5 Indiana
6 North Dakota
7 Minnesota
8 Massachusetts
9 New Jersey
10 Connecticut

Worst States for Police Officers
42 Alaska
43 Oklahoma
44 Georgia
45 Tennessee
46 South Carolina
47 Arizona
48 New Mexico
49 Kentucky
50 Arkansas
51 Louisiana

This week, during National Police week, make sure to take the time, and go out your way, to say THANK YOU to a law enforcement officer for their service!

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