Table 72

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees1

Range in Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants

by Population Group, 2015

Rate range Total cities2
(8,830 cities;
population
187,551,939)
Group I
(76 cities,
250,000 and
over;
population
56,116,904)
Group II
(195 cities,
100,000 to
249,999;
population
28,956,838)
Group III
(419 cities,
50,000 to
99,999;
population
29,206,031)
Group IV
(764 cities,
25,000 to
49,999;
population
26,443,466)
Group V
(1,612 cities,
10,000 to
24,999;
population
25,662,681)
Group VI
(5,764 cities,
under 10,000;
population
21,166,019)
.1-.5 Number 102 0 0 0 2 7 93
Percent 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.4 1.6
.6-1.0 Number 462 0 1 10 32 50 369
Percent 5.2 0.0 0.5 2.4 4.2 3.1 6.4
1.1-1.5 Number 1,287 4 47 101 145 254 736
Percent 14.6 5.3 24.1 24.1 19.0 15.8 12.8
1.6-2.0 Number 1,805 20 54 128 214 407 982
Percent 20.4 26.3 27.7 30.5 28.0 25.2 17.0
2.1-2.5 Number 1,654 19 43 97 183 394 918
Percent 18.7 25.0 22.1 23.2 24.0 24.4 15.9
2.6-3.0 Number 1,204 9 26 53 107 250 759
Percent 13.6 11.8 13.3 12.6 14.0 15.5 13.2
3.1-3.5 Number 715 11 13 14 45 132 500
Percent 8.1 14.5 6.7 3.3 5.9 8.2 8.7
3.6-4.0 Number 481 5 10 8 25 60 373
Percent 5.4 6.6 5.1 1.9 3.3 3.7 6.5
4.1-4.5 Number 294 2 0 6 5 25 256
Percent 3.3 2.6 0.0 1.4 0.7 1.6 4.4
4.6-5.0 Number 200 3 0 1 2 16 178
Percent 2.3 3.9 0.0 0.2 0.3 1.0 3.1
5.1 and over Number 626 3 1 1 4 17 600
Percent 7.1 3.9 0.5 0.2 0.5 1.1 10.4
Total cities Number 8,830 76 195 419 764 1,612 5,764
Percent3 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
  • 1 Full-time law enforcement employees include civilians.
  • 2 The number of agencies used to compile these figures differs from other tables that include data about law enforcement employees because agencies with no resident population are excluded from this table. Agencies not included in this table are associated with universities and colleges (see Table 79) and other agencies (see Table 81), as well as some state agencies that have concurrent jurisdiction with other local law enforcement.
  • 3 Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.

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