snapshot: Police costs per resident, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | June 27, 2013
The state measures the cost of various departments by the number of people in town. One of those departments is police. The costs tend to be highest in summer communities with large seasonal influxes but small permanent populations, as well as in urban areas. Rural communities tend to have the lowest costs. The data, from the Department of Revenue, is for fiscal 2012.
CommunitySpending on police per resident fy2012Rank
ABINGTON$154177
ACTON$149191
ACUSHNET$145200
ADAMS$98271
AGAWAM$149191
ALFORD$64293
AMESBURY$19386
AMHERST$110260
ANDOVER$19289
AQUINNAHnana
ARLINGTON$108267
ASHBURNHAM$139221
ASHBY$20959
ASHFIELD$56305
ASHLAND$160164
ATHOL$127244
ATTLEBORO$143212
AUBURN$20963
AVON$35310
AYER$20964
BARNSTABLE$21851
BARRE$84291
BECKET$109271
BEDFORD$23042
BELCHERTOWN$120254
BELLINGHAM$158175
BELMONT$163156
BERKLEY$99279
BERLIN$22844
BERNARDSTON$96284
BEVERLY$157178
BILLERICA$159167
BLACKSTONE$120253
BLANDFORD$27323
BOLTON$180113
BOSTON$4375
BOURNE$167141
BOXBOROUGH$26026
BOXFORD$135229
BOYLSTON$21258
BRAINTREE$20671
BREWSTER$19586
BRIDGEWATER$109269
BRIMFIELD$40314
BROCKTON$179117
BROOKFIELD$96285
BROOKLINE$24035
BUCKLAND$73298
BURLINGTON$25328
CAMBRIDGE$27719
CANTON$171135
CARLISLE$25927
CARVER$150192
CHARLEMONT$52309
CHARLTON$155182
CHATHAM$27917
CHELMSFORD$164154
CHELSEA$19877
CHESHIRE$22328
CHESTER$35317
CHESTERFIELD$33318
CHICOPEE$141216
CHILMARKnana
CLARKSBURG$41312
CLINTON$178120
COHASSET$26225
COLRAIN$41313
CommunitySpending on police per resident fy2012Rank
CONCORD$21949
CONWAY$55308
CUMMINGTON$21329
DALTON$119257
DANVERS$20769
DARTMOUTH$158172
DEDHAMnana
DEERFIELD$130240
DENNIS$26822
DIGHTON$139222
DOUGLAS$174128
DOVER$31013
DRACUT$116260
DUDLEY$109270
DUNSTABLE$24930
DUXBURY$20960
EAST BRIDGEWATER$141215
EAST BROOKFIELD$141218
EASTHAM$30714
EASTHAMPTON$134230
EAST LONGMEADOW$159169
EASTON$163159
EDGARTOWN$5863
EGREMONT$21653
ERVING$179114
ESSEX$27321
EVERETT$20866
FAIRHAVEN$174127
FALL RIVER$168140
FALMOUTH$154183
FITCHBURG$144209
FLORIDA$2334
FOXBOROUGH$171134
FRAMINGHAM$152187
FRANKLIN$130242
FREETOWN$19778
GARDNER$111264
GEORGETOWN$165149
GILL$107273
GLOUCESTER$162163
GOSHEN$63304
GOSNOLDnana
GRAFTON$101276
GRANBY$121252
GRANVILLE$66300
GREAT BARRINGTON$19683
GREENFIELD$154184
GROTON$158173
GROVELAND$149194
HADLEY$19094
HALIFAX$148200
HAMILTON$159170
HAMPDEN$19779
HANCOCK$2336
HANOVER$185103
HANSON$165151
HARDWICK$115261
HARVARD$79295
HARWICH$24632
HATFIELDnana
HAVERHILL$141218
HAWLEY$3333
HEATH$25326
HINGHAM$19095
HINSDALEnana
HOLBROOK$163160
HOLDEN$116258
HOLLAND$63303
HOLLISTON$162164
HOLYOKE$22943
HOPEDALE$174124
HOPKINTON$158174
HUBBARDSTONnana
HUDSON$156181
HULL$24434
HUNTINGTON$49311
IPSWICH$173129
KINGSTON$20867
LAKEVILLE$120256
LANCASTER$110268
LANESBOROUGH$19780
LAWRENCE$147202
LEE$149196
LEICESTER$147203
LENOX$124248
LEOMINSTER$145207
LEVERETT$97283
LEXINGTON$181111
LEYDEN$39315
LINCOLN$167143
LITTLETON$145206
LONGMEADOW$150191
LOWELL$20173
LUDLOW$134232
LUNENBURG$137228
LYNN$186101
LYNNFIELD$19681
MALDEN$164153
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA$26623
MANSFIELD$138226
MARBLEHEAD$146205
MARION$27718
MARLBOROUGH$175123
MARSHFIELD$163158
MASHPEE$26624
MATTAPOISETT$24831
MAYNARD$19096
MEDFIELD$178121
MEDFORD$166145
MEDWAY$165150
MELROSE$110267
MENDON$19684
MERRIMAC$120255
METHUEN$184105
MIDDLEBOROUGH$156180
MIDDLEFIELD$25325
MIDDLETON$142214
MILFORD$170136
MILLBURY$139224
MILLIS$18799
MILLVILLE$123250
MILTON$21257
MONROEnana
MONSON$113262
MONTAGUE$165148
MONTEREY$178119
MONTGOMERYnana
MOUNT WASHINGTONnana
NAHANT$28815
NANTUCKET$3658
NATICK$171133
NEEDHAM$163161
NEW ASHFORDnana
NEW BEDFORD$20768
NEW BRAINTREE$88289
NEWBURY$150190
NEWBURYPORT$183107
NEW MARLBOROUGH$65301
NEW SALEM$82294
NEWTON$167142
NORFOLK$158171
NORTH ADAMS$94286
NORTHAMPTON$166144
NORTH ANDOVER$141217
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$139223
NORTHBOROUGH$147201
NORTHBRIDGE$133234
NORTH BROOKFIELD$86290
NORTHFIELD$77296
NORTH READING$22545
NORTON$122251
NORWELL$20074
NORWOOD$20075
OAK BLUFFS$3826
OAKHAM$94287
ORANGE$110265
ORLEANS$3787
OTIS$38316
OXFORD$132237
PALMER$129244
PAXTON$179116
PEABODY$175122
PELHAM$100277
PEMBROKE$152186
PEPPERELL$144210
PERU$61305
PETERSHAM$134233
PHILLIPSTON$132236
PITTSFIELD$144211
PLAINFIELD$23327
PLAINVILLE$157176
PLYMOUTH$152188
PLYMPTON$25329
PRINCETON$20670
PROVINCETOWN$5982
QUINCY$23836
RANDOLPH$169138
RAYNHAM$27320
READING$171132
REHOBOTH$19291
REVERE$138227
RICHMOND$2335
ROCHESTER$173130
ROCKLAND$170137
ROCKPORT$18799
ROWE$69299
ROWLEY$22048
ROYALSTON$56306
RUSSELL$17331
RUTLAND$83293
SALEM$18997
SALISBURY$22446
SANDISFIELD$51310
SANDWICH$164152
SAUGUS$185104
SAVOY$9332
SCITUATE$182109
SEEKONK$20865
SHARON$180112
SHEFFIELD$130243
SHELBURNE$99278
SHERBORN$33212
SHIRLEY$97282
SHREWSBURY$111263
SHUTESBURY$99280
SOMERSET$133235
SOMERVILLE$163157
SOUTHAMPTON$131239
SOUTHBOROUGH$164155
SOUTHBRIDGE$160165
SOUTH HADLEY$134231
SOUTHWICK$156179
SPENCER$142213
SPRINGFIELD$23439
State Totals$19976
STERLINGnana
STOCKBRIDGE$23340
STONEHAM$140221
STOUGHTON$168139
STOW$186102
STURBRIDGE$19585
SUDBURY$149195
SUNDERLAND$83292
SUTTON$159167
SWAMPSCOTT$23241
SWANSEA$19389
TAUNTON$19193
TEMPLETONnana
TEWKSBURY$178118
TISBURY$3579
TOLLANDnana
TOPSFIELD$21654
TOWNSEND$132238
TRURO$6491
TYNGSBOROUGH$21850
TYRINGHAM$183108
UPTON$20172
UXBRIDGE$125247
WAKEFIELD$146204
WALES$28322
WALPOLE$173131
WALTHAM$21456
WARE$157177
WAREHAM$21852
WARREN$116259
WARWICK$32320
WASHINGTON$20330
WATERTOWN$183106
WAYLAND$174125
WEBSTERnana
WELLESLEY$18898
WELLFLEET$5254
WENDELL$26324
WENHAM$20962
WESTBOROUGH$140220
WEST BOYLSTON$151189
WEST BRIDGEWATER$28416
WEST BROOKFIELD$130241
WESTFIELD$149193
WESTFORD$19388
WESTHAMPTON$32319
WESTMINSTER$19682
WEST NEWBURY$179115
WESTON$23738
WESTPORT$162162
WEST SPRINGFIELD$23737
WEST STOCKBRIDGE$106274
WEST TISBURY$33611
WESTWOOD$21159
WEYMOUTH$165147
WHATELY$91288
WHITMAN$181110
WILBRAHAM$148199
WILLIAMSBURG$77297
WILLIAMSTOWN$124249
WILMINGTON$19487
WINCHENDON$104275
WINCHESTER$174126
WINDSOR$29321
WINTHROP$126246
WOBURN$21555
WORCESTER$22447
WORTHINGTONnana
WRENTHAM$165146
YARMOUTH$24433
SOURCE: Department of Revenue