Table 71

Full-time Law Enforcement Officers

by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group

Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2014

Region/geographic division Total
(9,792
cities;
population
183,432,062)
Group I
(72 cities,
250,000 and
over;
population
55,946,176)
Group II
(192 cities,
100,000 to
249,999;
population
28,478,947)
Group III
(405 cities,
50,000 to
99,999;
population
28,000,451)
Group IV
(729 cities,
25,000 to
49,999;
population
25,123,097)
Group V
(1,579 cities,
10,000 to
24,999;
population
25,167,878)
Group VI
(6,815 cities,
under 10,000;
population
20,715,513)
Total
city
agencies
2014
estimated
city
population
County1
(2,864
agencies;
population
84,864,300)
Total city
and county
agencies
2014
estimated
total agency
population
Suburban Areas2
(6,730 agencies;
population
114,360,957)
TOTAL Number of officers 403,984 146,606 47,991 44,551 42,884 46,181 75,771 9,792 183,432,062 223,965 12,656 268,296,362 279,954
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.6 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.8 3.7 2.6 2.4
NORTHEAST Number of officers 114,676 46,596 7,220 12,444 14,848 15,673 17,895 2,517 44,303,475
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 4.0 2.5 1.9 1.8 1.8 2.9
NEW ENGLAND Number of officers 28,501 2,151 3,870 5,316 5,905 5,837 5,422 791 13,015,911
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.3 2.6 2.0 1.8 1.8 3.1
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of officers 86,175 44,445 3,350 7,128 8,943 9,836 12,473 1,726 31,287,564
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.8 4.0 2.4 1.9 1.8 1.7 2.8
MIDWEST Number of officers 77,418 26,576 6,190 9,472 8,920 10,739 15,521 2,527 36,995,395
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.1 3.0 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.7 2.8
EAST NORTH CENTRAL Number of officers 51,144 20,620 3,611 6,042 6,527 6,415 7,929 1,322 23,462,944
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.3 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.6 2.6
WEST NORTH CENTRAL Number of officers 26,274 5,956 2,579 3,430 2,393 4,324 7,592 1,205 13,532,451
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.9 2.3 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.7 3.0
SOUTH Number of officers 131,307 37,737 20,633 12,447 12,989 14,711 32,790 3,374 51,013,291
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 2.5 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.3 5.0
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of officers 63,515 16,834 10,216 6,626 6,290 7,027 16,522 1,430 21,774,071
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.9 3.0 2.1 2.1 2.3 2.5 6.2
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 23,579 5,414 3,546 2,000 2,809 2,847 6,963 794 8,677,869
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.4 2.5 2.2 2.1 2.3 4.5
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 44,213 15,489 6,871 3,821 3,890 4,837 9,305 1,150 20,561,351
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.1 1.7 1.7 1.8 2.0 3.9
WEST Number of officers 80,583 35,697 13,948 10,188 6,127 5,058 9,565 1,374 51,119,901
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.6 1.8 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.5 4.1
MOUNTAIN Number of officers 28,148 11,299 4,911 2,723 2,466 1,977 4,772 608 16,150,237
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.7 1.7 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.8 4.3
PACIFIC Number of officers 52,435 24,398 9,037 7,465 3,661 3,081 4,793 766 34,969,664
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.5 1.8 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.4 4.0
  • 1 The designation county is a combination of both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties.
  • 2 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 Officers, by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group, Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2014

  • In 2014, the average number of full-time law enforcement officers in the nation’s cities was 2.2 per 1,000 residents.
  • Law enforcement agencies in the Northeast and the South had a rate of 2.6 full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants in each region.
  • In cities in the Midwest, the rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents was 2.1.
  • The rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants was 1.6 in cities in the West.