Table 74

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees

by Population Group

Percent Male and Female, 2013

Population group Total law
enforcement
employees
Percent law
enforcement employees
Total
officers
Percent officers Total
civilians
Percent civilians Number
of
agencies
2013
estimated
population
Male Female Male Female Total civilians Male
TOTAL AGENCIES: 902,410 73.4 26.6 626,942 88.4 11.6 275,468 39.3 60.7 13,051 268,684,780
TOTAL CITIES 503,227 75.6 24.4 389,934 88.3 11.7 113,293 32.1 67.9 9,894 179,802,240
GROUP I (250,000 and over) 175,797 72.0 28.0 133,309 84.0 16.0 42,488 34.3 65.7 73 51,744,651
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) 87,468 70.1 29.9 64,168 83.0 17.0 23,300 34.5 65.5 8 20,834,644
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) 49,447 75.5 24.5 39,168 85.1 14.9 10,279 38.7 61.3 23 16,417,960
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) 38,882 72.0 28.0 29,973 84.8 15.2 8,909 28.8 71.2 42 14,492,047
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) 63,410 73.3 26.7 48,284 88.1 11.9 15,126 26.0 74.0 193 28,587,514
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) 57,806 76.8 23.2 44,972 90.4 9.6 12,834 29.2 70.8 405 27,923,876
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) 53,525 78.1 21.9 42,624 90.8 9.2 10,901 28.1 71.9 719 24,881,626
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) 58,127 79.7 20.3 47,120 92.1 7.9 11,007 26.8 73.2 1,597 25,483,611
GROUP VI (under 10,000) 94,562 79.4 20.6 73,625 90.8 9.2 20,937 39.0 61.0 6,907 21,180,962
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 287,561 70.2 29.8 172,044 87.1 12.9 115,517 44.9 55.1 1,256 66,747,452
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES 111,622 71.6 28.4 64,964 92.6 7.4 46,658 42.5 57.5 1,901 22,135,088
SUBURBAN AREAS1 434,810 73.2 26.8 287,855 88.6 11.4 146,955 42.9 57.1 6,969 117,915,697
  • 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, 2013

  • Nationwide in 2013, 88.4 percent of full-time law enforcement officers were males.
  • Nearly 61 percent (60.7) 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 (92.1) of male officers.
  • Cities with populations of 1 million and over (a subset of the total Group I cities) employed the highest percentage (17.0) of female officers.
  • Regarding the nation’s full-time civilian law enforcement employees, cities with populations of 100,000 to 249,999 inhabitants had the highest percentage (74.0) of females.
  • Metropolitan county agencies had the highest percentage (44.9) of male full-time civilian law enforcement employees.