Evanston 2nd most heavily policed city in state


Evanston has the second highest ratio of police officers to residents of any city in Illinois.

That’s one data point from a report on police staffing across the nation compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI figures, reported by Governing magazine, show Evanston with 21.8 sworn officers per 10,000 residents, second in Illinois only to the the 44.1 in the City of Chicago.

Counting all police employees — officers and civilians — Evanston still ranks second only to Chicago with 29.8 per 10,000 here, and 47.1 in Chicago.

The FBI numbers, for 2012, cover cities with more than 50,000 residents. The Governing report says says the average police department in that group has 17 officers per 10,000 residents.

Among cities which which Evanston is frequently compared, Oak Park is close to Evanston at 21.3 officers per 10,000 residents. Skokie has 16.4, and Naperville has 11.2.

Across the nation, 141 cities have more officers per capita than Evanston, topped by Washington, D.C. with 61.2 officers per 10,000 residents.

Total police staffing in Evanston has grown slightly since the FBI figures were compiled, from 223 in 2012 to 227 budgeted for this year.

The police say the high staffing level, and a focus on a data-driven approach to crime fighting, helped cut the city’s crime rate by 9.8 percent last year.

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