Table 75

Full-time Civilian Law Enforcement Employees

by Population Group

Percent of Total, 2011

Population group Percent
civilian
employees
Number
of
agencies
2011
estimated
population
TOTAL AGENCIES: 30.3 14,633 293,058,940
TOTAL CITIES 22.1 11,234 197,246,457
GROUP I (250,000 and over) 22.8 75 56,398,148
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) 23.9 10 25,247,146
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) 21.4 25 17,298,847
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) 21.9 40 13,852,155
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) 23.6 196 29,447,050
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) 22.5 428 29,634,590
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) 20.5 828 28,652,012
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) 19.4 1,834 29,005,261
GROUP VI (under 10,000) 22.3 7,873 24,109,396
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 41.0 1,285 68,238,191
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES 41.1 2,114 27,574,292
SUBURBAN AREAS1 34.1 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 Civilian Law Enforcement Employees, by Population Group, Percent of Total, 2011

  • In 2011, 30.3 percent of the Nation’s full-time law enforcement employees were civilians.
  • Within the nation’s cities, 22.1 percent of full-time law enforcement employees were civilians.
  • The highest percentages of full-time civilian law enforcement employees were in metropolitan counties (41.0 percent) and nonmetropolitan counties
    (41.1 percent).