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Table 76 Data Declaration

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Full-time State Law Enforcement Employees, by State, 2012

The FBI collects these data through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

General comments

•This table provides the total number of state law enforcement employees, the
number of male officers, the number of female officers, the number of male
civilian employees, and the number of female civilian employees listed
alphabetically by state.
• Caution should be used when comparing data from one state to that of another.
The responsibilities of the various state police, highway patrol, and department of
public safety agencies range from full law enforcement duties to only traffic
patrol, which can impact both the level of employment for agencies as well as the
ratio of sworn officers to civilians employed. Any valid comparison must take
these factors and the other identified variables affecting crime into consideration.

Methodology

• The information in this table is derived from law enforcement employee counts
(as of October 31, 2012) submitted by participating agencies.
• The UCR Program defines law enforcement officers as individuals who ordinarily
carry a firearm and a badge, have full arrest powers, and are paid from
governmental funds set aside specifically to pay sworn law enforcement.
• Civilian employees include full-time agency personnel such as clerks, radio
dispatchers, meter attendants, stenographers, jailers, correctional officers, and
mechanics.