Many cities with similar homicide rates spend vastly different amounts on policing, POLITICO found. For example, both Long Beach, Calif., and Mesa, Ariz., saw 4.7 homicides per 100,000 population in 2017. That year, Long Beach spent about $ 1,500 per resident on police, while Mesa spent $ 800.
Cities that spend a similar amount on their police forces can have very different outcomes. Jacksonville, Fla., and Austin, Texas, both spent about $ 445 per resident on police budgets in 2017. However, that same year, Jacksonville saw 12 homicides per 100,000, while Austin saw three homicides per 100,000.