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Im not sure what the actual ratio is in massachusetts. I have heard that it was detremined through studies that a department should have two officers for every thousand residents.
 

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Yeah I believe it normally (based on studies) averages around 500 residents to one Police Officer. But of course that does vary town by town.
 

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From the 2002 Uniform Crime Report
The average New England PD has 2.2 Officers per 1000.
It is also broken down by population groups.
populations of 250,000 + = 3.6 per 1000
100,000-249,999 = 2.9
50,000 - 99,000 = 2.1
25,000- 49,000 = 1.8
10,000- 24,999 = 1.9
under 10,000 = 1.9

My Department is at 1 per 1000 with a population group of 10,000- 24,999
I don't know of too many departments in Massachusetts that are even close to the New England Average.
 

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Central Mass varies quite a bit - anywhere between 1.4 to 2.2 / thousand residents. I just did a survey on this very topic last fall...I compared towns with between 40-50 index crimes reported. If anyone is interested in the results shoot me an e-mail.
 

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You can find a lot here:

http://db.state.ma.us/msp/select.asp

It's not entirely up-to-date but police force sizes and populations haven't changed drastically over the last few years.
 
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