Most Dangerous Job in U.S.: Cop in Hemet, CA?


I was stunned when I read the headlines that one of the scariest jobs in the United States today would involve protecting my retired schoolteacher mother and about 99,000 of her neighbors, friends and family in remote Hemet, CA. Both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ran major stories recently on how gangs are violently turning on the police force in this sleepy little desert town about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

-- Compare your salary to a police officer's.

Suddenly, Hemet has gained national notoriety and concern.

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