Snapshot: Police costs as % of town budget, 2010

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | March 6, 2011
Nearly 20 communities, including Boston and Raynham, spend 10 percent or more, of their budgets on police. The data, from the Department of Revenue, is for fiscal 2010.
MunicipalityPolice, percent of community budget, 2010Rank
ABINGTON6.8120
ACUSHNET6.6141
ADAMS10.312
AGAWAM5.2231
ALFORD3.6292
AMESBURY7.490
AMHERST6.7122
ANDOVER5.4220
AQUINNAH14.21
ARLINGTON6.7129
ASHBURNHAM7.487
ASHBY8.351
ASHFIELD2.7303
ASHLAND4.8251
ATHOL10.018
ATTLEBORO7.1101
AUBURN8.840
AVON9.919
AYER6.6140
BARNSTABLE9.131
BARRE5.6212
BECKET3.9281
BEDFORD4.6265
BELCHERTOWN4.3273
BELLINGHAM6.4154
BELMONT6.7128
BERKLEY3.7289
BERLIN7.681
BERNARDSTON5.2237
BEVERLY7.772
BILLERICA5.6207
BLACKSTONE7.960
BOLTON5.1241
BOSTON12.72
BOURNE7.2100
BOXBOROUGH6.6132
BOXFORD4.5266
BOYLSTON7.486
BRAINTREE8.253
BREWSTER5.6208
BRIDGEWATER7.298
BRIMFIELD1.7315
BROCKTON7.775
BROOKFIELD3.7286
BROOKLINE7.488
BUCKLAND4.7258
BURLINGTON7.770
CAMBRIDGE7.867
CANTON6.3162
CARLISLE5.2228
CARVER5.7204
CHARLEMONT2.5304
CHARLTON10.213
CHATHAM6.0179
CHELMSFORD5.6210
CHELSEA6.7127
CHESHIRE1.9314
CHESTERFIELD1.4319
CHICOPEE6.8117
CHILMARK7.682
CLINTON7.297
COHASSET6.2165
COLRAIN2.1311
CONCORD5.4218
CONWAY2.3308
CUMMINGTON1.2321
DALTON6.9116
DANVERS7.1102
DARTMOUTH10.017
DEDHAM6.5145
DEERFIELD5.8190
DENNIS9.329
DIGHTON6.3161
DOUGLAS6.4152
DOVER6.0174
DRACUT6.2166
DUDLEY9.920
DUNSTABLE10.115
DUXBURY6.5144
EAST BRIDGEWATER5.8195
EAST BROOKFIELD7.769
EASTHAM7.963
EASTHAMPTON6.9112
EAST LONGMEADOW4.9248
EASTON6.0173
EDGARTOWN8.448
EGREMONT8.156
ERVING4.0279
ESSEX8.349
EVERETT6.9111
FAIRHAVEN7.868
FALL RIVER9.035
FALMOUTH4.8256
FITCHBURG7.394
FOXBOROUGH5.5213
FRAMINGHAM6.2168
FRANKLIN4.7259
FREETOWN7.0107
GARDNER5.8194
GEORGETOWN6.8119
GILL5.8193
GLOUCESTER5.9186
GOSHEN3.0300
GOSNOLD3.4295
GRAFTON4.4269
GRANBY6.7126
GRANVILLE2.3307
GREAT BARRINGTON6.1170
GREENFIELD6.3156
GROTON6.0180
GROVELAND7.489
HADLEY7.961
HALIFAX5.7198
HAMILTON5.3227
HAMPDEN9.921
HANCOCK0.1332
HANOVER5.8197
HANSON9.230
HARDWICK8.157
HARVARD5.1242
HARWICH6.1169
HATFIELD1.9313
HAVERHILL6.5142
HAWLEY0.2331
HEATH0.5329
HINGHAM5.7199
HINSDALE3.7287
HOLBROOK6.5143
HOLDEN5.8192
HOLLAND2.3306
HOLLISTON4.8253
HOLYOKE8.543
HOPEDALE6.0177
HOPKINTON3.9282
HUDSON5.3222
HULL8.446
HUNTINGTON2.3309
IPSWICH5.9188
KINGSTON8.059
LAKEVILLE5.7203
LANCASTER5.1243
LANESBOROUGH6.9115
LAWRENCE5.9187
LEE5.9184
LEICESTER6.3157
LENOX4.9249
LEOMINSTER6.6131
LEVERETT3.3296
LEXINGTON4.5267
LEYDEN3.1298
LINCOLN5.1238
LITTLETON4.1278
LONGMEADOW5.1244
LOWELL7.776
LUNENBURG5.1245
LYNN7.865
LYNNFIELD5.6211
MALDEN7.299
MANCHESTER6.6134
MANSFIELD4.4270
MARBLEHEAD5.1239
MARION8.255
MARLBOROUGH7.0108
MARSHFIELD5.3221
MASHPEE8.352
MATTAPOISETT7.680
MAYNARD6.7124
MEDFIELD4.5268
MEDWAY5.4217
MELROSE5.2230
MENDON10.114
MERRIMAC6.9110
METHUEN7.296
MIDDLEBOROUGH5.6206
MIDDLEFIELD1.0326
MIDDLETON5.1240
MILFORD6.2167
MILLBURY5.7205
MILLIS6.4149
MILLVILLE7.491
MILTON8.741
MONSON4.2277
MONTAGUE8.838
MONTEREY5.4216
MONTGOMERY0.2330
MOUNT WASHINGTON0.1333
NAHANT12.44
NANTUCKET6.7125
NATICK5.3226
NEEDHAM4.7262
NEW BEDFORD9.623
NEW BRAINTREE6.1172
NEWBURY7.866
NEWBURYPORT6.3160
NEW MARLBOROUGH1.1325
NEW SALEM3.8285
NEWTON5.6209
NORFOLK5.8191
NORTH ADAMS4.4272
NORTHAMPTON6.3159
NORTH ANDOVER6.4148
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH5.9189
NORTHBOROUGH4.6263
NORTHBRIDGE5.7200
NORTH BROOKFIELD3.7290
NORTHFIELD3.6291
NORTH READING6.2164
NORTON4.8252
NORWELL5.2234
NORWOOD5.9185
OAK BLUFFS7.677
OAKHAM6.9109
ORANGE6.4150
ORLEANS9.428
OTIS1.6316
OXFORD5.4219
PALMER5.3225
PAXTON7.392
PEABODY7.774
PELHAM2.8302
PEMBROKE5.7202
PEPPERELL8.839
PERU2.1312
PETERSHAM6.5146
PHILLIPSTON6.7123
PITTSFIELD6.5147
PLAINFIELD0.9327
PLAINVILLE6.9113
PLYMOUTH6.4153
PLYMPTON8.350
PROVINCETOWN10.311
QUINCY9.426
RANDOLPH7.679
RAYNHAM12.73
READING5.2232
REHOBOTH11.46
REVERE7.1106
RICHMOND0.1334
ROCHESTER5.8196
ROCKLAND7.393
ROCKPORT6.6138
ROWLEY11.07
ROYALSTON4.2276
RUSSELL0.6328
RUTLAND4.4271
SALEM6.4151
SALISBURY11.08
SANDISFIELD2.5305
SANDWICH4.8255
SAUGUS8.445
SCITUATE5.5214
SEEKONK7.395
SHARON5.3224
SHEFFIELD5.2235
SHELBURNE5.2236
SHERBORN5.9183
SHIRLEY5.0246
SHREWSBURY4.6264
SHUTESBURY3.2297
SOMERSET6.0178
SOMERVILLE8.937
SOUTHAMPTON5.2229
SOUTHBOROUGH3.7288
SOUTHBRIDGE6.2163
SOUTH HADLEY6.0175
SOUTHWICK8.544
SPENCER11.55
SPRINGFIELD7.583
STERLING6.6139
STOCKBRIDGE7.773
STONEHAM5.9182
STOUGHTON6.7130
STOW6.0181
STURBRIDGE7.678
SUDBURY3.5293
SUNDERLAND4.8254
SUTTON3.9280
SWAMPSCOTT6.4155
SWANSEA9.132
TAUNTON6.8118
TEMPLETON7.1105
TEWKSBURY8.058
TISBURY7.585
TOLLAND2.2310
TOPSFIELD6.6135
TOWNSEND8.254
TRURO10.610
TYNGSBOROUGH6.6137
TYRINGHAM4.7261
UPTON9.425
UXBRIDGE4.7260
WAKEFIELD6.6136
WALES1.4318
WALPOLE5.5215
WALTHAM9.036
WARE5.7201
WARREN7.962
WARWICK1.3320
WATERTOWN7.584
WAYLAND3.8284
WELLESLEY4.8257
WELLFLEET9.524
WENDELL1.5317
WENHAM7.1103
WESTBOROUGH3.5294
WEST BOYLSTON6.0176
WEST BRIDGEWATER9.133
WEST BROOKFIELD7.964
WESTFIELD6.9114
WESTFORD5.0247
WESTHAMPTON1.2322
WESTMINSTER8.542
WEST NEWBURY6.8121
WESTON4.3274
WESTPORT9.034
WEST SPRINGFIELD9.822
WEST STOCKBRIDGE3.8283
WEST TISBURY7.1104
WESTWOOD4.9250
WEYMOUTH8.447
WHATELY3.0299
WHITMAN10.99
WILBRAHAM6.6133
WILLIAMSBURG2.9301
WILLIAMSTOWN6.3158
WILMINGTON6.1171
WINCHENDON4.2275
WINCHESTER5.2233
WINDSOR1.2323
WOBURN7.771
WORCESTER9.427
WORTHINGTON1.1324
WRENTHAM5.3223
YARMOUTH10.016
SOURCE: Department of Revenue