Table 74

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees

by Population Group

Percent Male and Female, 2011

Population group Total law
enforcement
employees
Percent law
enforcement employees
Total
officers
Percent officers Total
Civilians
Percent civilians Number
of
agencies
2011
estimated
population
Male Female Male Female Male Female
TOTAL AGENCIES: 1,001,984 73.4 26.6 698,460 88.2 11.8 303,524 39.2 60.8 14,633 293,058,940
TOTAL CITIES 568,786 75.7 24.3 442,931 88.1 11.9 125,855 31.8 68.2 11,234 197,246,457
GROUP I (250,000 and over) 199,012 72.0 28.0 153,550 83.4 16.6 45,462 33.8 66.2 75 56,398,148
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) 107,522 70.6 29.4 81,805 82.0 18.0 25,717 34.1 65.9 10 25,247,146
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) 54,212 74.8 25.2 42,633 84.9 15.1 11,579 37.3 62.7 25 17,298,847
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) 37,278 72.4 27.6 29,112 84.9 15.1 8,166 27.8 72.2 40 13,852,155
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) 67,506 73.4 26.6 51,553 88.0 12.0 15,953 26.2 73.8 196 29,447,050
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) 63,556 76.5 23.5 49,229 90.4 9.6 14,327 28.6 71.4 428 29,634,590
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) 62,758 78.1 21.9 49,876 91.2 8.8 12,882 27.2 72.8 828 28,652,012
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) 67,544 79.6 20.4 54,462 92.3 7.7 13,082 26.8 73.2 1,834 29,005,261
GROUP VI (under 10,000) 108,410 79.4 20.6 84,261 91.1 8.9 24,149 38.7 61.3 7,873 24,109,396
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 300,568 69.5 30.5 177,406 86.4 13.6 123,162 45.2 54.8 1,285 68,238,191
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES 132,630 72.1 27.9 78,123 92.7 7.3 54,507 42.6 57.4 2,114 27,574,292
SUBURBAN AREAS1 465,194 72.9 27.1 306,562 88.4 11.6 158,632 43.0 57.0 7,630 125,240,573
  • 1 Suburban areas include law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area (see Data Declaration). Suburban areas exclude all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city. The agencies associated with suburban areas also appear in other groups within this table.

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Full-time Law Enforcement Employees by Population Group, Percent Male and Female, 2011

  • Nationwide in 2011, 88.2 percent of full-time law enforcement officers were males.
  • More than 60 percent of full-time civilian law enforcement employees were females.
  • Of the city population groups, cities with populations of 10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants employed the highest percentage (92.3) of male officers.
  • Cities with populations of 1 million and over (a subset of the total Group I cities) employed the highest percentage (18.0) of female officers.
  • Among the Nation’s full-time civilian law enforcement employees, cities with populations of 100,000 to 249,999 inhabitants had the highest percentage (73.8) of females.
  • Metropolitan county agencies had the highest percentage (45.2) of male full-time civilian law enforcement employees.