3. High Point
We’re looking at law enforcement in the Power Ranking this week using the most simple of tools: long division. By dividing a city’s population by the number of sworn and non-sworn members of that city’s police force, we come up with an index not unlike the student-teacher ratio used to evaluate schools. In this formula, High Point ranks last among the Triad’s cities, with 267 police employees and 107,741 residents, giving it an index of 403.5 — the amount of citizens for each cop.
With the biggest population in the Triad at 279,639, the Gate City also has the largest police department, with 785 sworn and non-sworn employees. But the numbers don’t quite add up as favorable. Greensboro’s index of 356.2 is enough to beat High Point, but not enough for First Place.
While Winston-Salem is truly the second city in terms of population — 236,441 and rising — and the size of the police department at 732 sworn and non-sworn employees, it’s cop-to-citizen ratio is the best in the Triad at an even 323.