Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Local governments are cutting back spending, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. U.S. spending on police protection per capita has dropped by 84.5 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to data compiled from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. States have dropped by at least 46.45 percent, with some cutting 93.45. "We do know that the expenditures are on decline," said Tracey Kyckelhahan, Ph.D., author of the Bureau of Justice data, in a telephone interview. She said it isn't a surprise to see this decline due to all the reports of budget cuts. Some experts in law enforcement don't see the numbers as something to fear. The funding focus has shifted away from law enforcement and moved to crime prevention, said Chris Burbank, Chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

51 Police protection cuts
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"In many cases, it's a very appropriate shift in funds," Burbank said. "We need to work in harmony with those who provide prevention and intervention. We are not the solution and should never be viewed as the solution."

Total crime in most states dropped as much as 12.66 percent between 2008 and 2010.

Utah's crime rate fell 4.98 percent while spending on police protection was cut by 79.3 percent.

50 Vermont
Gerard Donnelly via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -46.45%

Population: 621,760

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 15.38

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -9.14

Police protection spending per capita

49 Alaska
yksin via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -62.45%

Population: 698,473

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 15.63

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 0.8

Police protection spending per capita

48 Delaware
Lee Cannon via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -62.71%

Population: 885,122

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 22.79

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -2.42

Police protection spending per capita

47 Massachusetts
qwrrty via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -66.11%

Population: 6,593,587

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 32.81

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -0.36

Police protection spending per capita

46 Maine
Just Us 3 via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -66.44%

Population: 1,318,301

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 17.54

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 2.14

Police protection spending per capita

45 Virginia
martnpro via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -67.75%

Population: 7,882,590

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 22.04

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -5.68

Police protection spending per capita

44 Pennsylvania
adh via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -69.07%

Population: 12,604,767

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 21.97

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.13

Police protection spending per capita

43 Wyoming
alh1 via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -69.09%

Population: 544,270

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 27.08

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -4.66

Police protection spending per capita

42 Kentucky
Growl Roar via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -72.83%

Population: 4,314,113

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 17.94

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -1.4

Police protection spending per capita

41 Louisiana
Westside Shooter via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -73.19%

Population: 4,492,076

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 29.87

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -3.71

Police protection spending per capita

40 Maryland
Timothy Wildey via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -74.65%

Population: 5,699,478

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 24.1

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -12.37

Police protection spending per capita

39 New Mexico
Jim Leagans, Jr. via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -75.23%

Population: 2,009,671

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 22.3

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.4

Police protection spending per capita

38 Rhode Island
Elvert Barnes via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -75.67%

Population: 1,053,209

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 29.79

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.81

Police protection spending per capita

37 Minnesota
Ruin Raider via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -75.83%

Population: 5,266,214

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 17.2

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.36

Police protection spending per capita

36 South Dakota
ilovecocacola via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -76.24%

Population: 812,383

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 19.84

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 16.25

Police protection spending per capita

35 North Carolina
City of Concord NC via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -76.53%

Population: 9,380,884

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 23.67

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -12.66

Police protection spending per capita

34 West Virginia
scoutnurse via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -76.95%

Population: 1,819,777

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 16.57

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.23

Police protection spending per capita

33 Oklahoma
gohomekiki via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -77.01%

Population: 3,687,050

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 20.62

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 1.07

Police protection spending per capita

32 North Dakota

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -77.24%

Population: 646,844

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 18.57

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 1.42

Police protection spending per capita

31 Nebraska
Jaime de la Cruz via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -78.08%

Population: 1,796,619

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 20.91

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -4.98

Police protection spending per capita

30 Washington
John Sonderman via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -78.2%

Population: 6,664,195

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 17.26

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 0.94

Police protection spending per capita

29 Connecticut
rbglasson via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -79.05%

Population: 3,518,288

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 25.09

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.36

Police protection spending per capita

28 Montana
NewsHour via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -79.18%

Population: 974,989

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 18.02

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 0.66

Police protection spending per capita

27 Utah
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -79.31%

Population: 2,784,572

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 15.82

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -4.27

Police protection spending per capita

26 Indiana
kennethkonica via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -79.82%

Population: 6,423,113

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 20.51

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -6.99

Police protection spending per capita

25 New Hampshire
Manchester Library via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -81.19%

Population: 1,324,575

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 23.38

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 4.68

Police protection spending per capita

24 Alabama
AlphachimpStudio via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -82.1%

Population: 4,708,708

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 22.82

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -11.97

Police protection spending per capita

23 South Carolina
cliff1066 via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -82.24%

Population: 4,561,242

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 25.19

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -6.44

Police protection spending per capita

22 Mississippi
NatalieMaynor via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -82.71%

Population: 2,951,996

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 24.62

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: 1.89

Police protection spending per capita

21 Oregon
osmium via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -83.25%

Population: 3,825,657

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 16.1

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -6.75

Police protection spending per capita

20 Idaho
rustejunk via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -83.71%

Population: 1,545,801

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 21.12

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -2.12

Police protection spending per capita

19 Kansas
Topato via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -84.13%

Population: 2,818,747

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 22.73

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -6.21

Police protection spending per capita

18 New Jersey
mtsofan via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -84.92%

Population: 8,707,739

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 32.29

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -7.64

Police protection spending per capita

17 Missouri
dinglemunch via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -85.21%

Population: 5,987,580

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 23.25

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -7.6

Police protection spending per capita

16 Texas
noyava via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -85.45%

Population: 24,782,302

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 20.82

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -2.62

Police protection spending per capita

15 Iowa
cwwycoff1 via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -85.62%

Population: 3,007,856

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 18.11

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -5.62

Police protection spending per capita

14 Tennessee
Frank Kehran via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -85.82%

Population: 6,296,254

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 22.69

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.47

Police protection spending per capita

13 Georgia

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -86.75%

Population: 9,829,211

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 21.51

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -10.01

Police protection spending per capita

12 New York

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -87.31%

Population: 19,541,453

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 38.81

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -3

Police protection spending per capita

11 Michigan

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -87.42%

Population: 9,969,727

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 18.04

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -7.88

Police protection spending per capita

10 Arkansas
cliff1066 via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -87.48%

Population: 2,889,450

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 21.89

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -4.34

Police protection spending per capita

9 Arizona
Mesa0789 via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -88.89%

Population: 6,595,778

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 23.77

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -18.18

Police protection spending per capita

8 California
Jack_Snell via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -89.09%

Population: 36,961,664

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 20.46

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -9.47

Police protection spending per capita

7 Illinois
Michael Kappel via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -89.63%

Population: 12,910,409

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 29.76

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -10.38

Police protection spending per capita

6 Hawaii
Eric Rice via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -89.83%

Population: 1,295,178

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 23.66

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -1.73

Police protection spending per capita

5 Colorado
Ed Andrieski, Associated Press

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -90.72%

Population: 5,024,748

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 23.13

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -4.15

Police protection spending per capita

4 Ohio
Reuben Tau via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -90.81%

Population: 11,542,645

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 21.01

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -4.89

Police protection spending per capita

3 Wisconsin
Lester Public Library via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -91.27%

Population: 5,654,774

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 21.41

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -8.09

Police protection spending per capita

2 Nevada
Roadsidepictures via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -91.32%

Population: 2,643,085

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 19.95

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -14.48

Police protection spending per capita

1 Florida
Funkeemunkeeland via Flickr

Change in police spending per capita between 2008 and 2010: -93.45%

Population: 18,537,969

Police officers per 10,000 population as of 2009: 23.3

Change in total crimes between 2008 and 2010: -12.9

Police protection spending per capita