In accord with that view, some academic studies have found that more police officers can correlate with less crime. Golden Valley is a suburb of about 22,000 that in many ways is as idyllic as its name suggests. Golden Valley is 85 percent white and 5 percent Black — the result of pervasive racial covenants. The typical Golden Valley police officer makes a six-figure salary with good benefits. When New York’s officers engaged in an announced slowdown in policing in late 2014 and early 2015, civilian complaints of major crime in the city dropped.