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Table 75

Full-time Civilian Law Enforcement Employees

by Population Group

Percent of Total, 2012

Population group Percent
civilian
employees
Number
of
agencies
2012
estimated
population
TOTAL AGENCIES: 29.9 14,006 285,020,066
TOTAL CITIES 22.1 10,826 193,021,745
GROUP I (250,000 and over) 23.1 75 56,040,960
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) 24.4 9 24,252,651
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) 21.2 25 17,516,175
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) 22.1 41 14,272,134
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) 23.7 196 29,282,253
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) 22.4 426 29,406,808
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) 20.1 798 27,574,550
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) 19.0 1,743 27,664,124
GROUP VI (under 10,000) 22.4 7,588 23,053,050
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 40.6 1,268 68,230,997
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES 40.1 1,912 23,767,324
SUBURBAN AREAS1 33.9 7,503 124,099,819
  • 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.

Data Declaration

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Full-time Civilian Law Enforcement Employees, by Population Group, Percent of Total, 2012

  • In 2012, nearly 30 percent (29.9) 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 (40.6 percent) and nonmetropolitan counties (40.1 percent).