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Q&A: How many police officers do our biggest cities have?

Big cities have big police forces

It has been mentioned on TV that New York City has 35,000 police officers. How many do Los Angeles and Chicago have? Aren't these the three cities with the largest populations in the United States?

They are indeed the three largest cities in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

New York had an estimated population of 8,175,133 as of April 1, 2010. Los Angeles is second with an estimated 3,792,621, followed by Chicago with an estimated 2,695,598.

According to the websites of the police departments of each:

• New York has about 34,500 officers to cover just under 470 square miles.

• Chicago has about 13,500 officers to cover just under 240 square miles.

• Los Angeles has about 10,000 officers to cover just under 500 square miles.

Social Security by the numbers

Since the inception of the Social Security retirement system, how much money has been contributed, and how much money has been disbursed?

The Social Security program had taken in $13.8 trillion and paid out $11.3 trillion from 1937 — when the taxes were collected and the first payments were made — through 2009, according to the Social Security Administration.

ABC's 'Shark Tank' will return

What happened to Shark Tank, which was shown on ABC at 8 p.m. Fridays?

The show Shark Tank, which features a panel of five successful entrepreneurs listening to proposals from other entrepreneurs for financing or sale, was renewed in March for a third season, which will begin at an as-yet unannounced date in 2012.

The show began in August 2009 with a 14-episode season. A second, eight-episode season ran March 20 through May 13 of this year, with comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joining the panel for part of the season. Cuban will be back for the third season.


In the Nov. 1 Ask the Times we published a Q&A about the status of the TV show The Locator. Star Troy Dunn saw it and sent this update:

"While it is true we are working on a talk show for 2013, I am also in the midst of a negotiation with a new, bigger network than WE TV (former home of our show) to bring Locator back to TV. Hoping any Locator fans out there will stay with us and join us at the new show.

"In the meantime, we do have a Facebook fan page ( where we are still reuniting families right on our Facebook page. Please give my appreciation to our Locator fans and remind them — "You can't find peace until you find all the pieces!"

Q&A: How many police officers do our biggest cities have? 11/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 3:30am]
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