Table 75

Full-time Civilian Law Enforcement Employees

by Population Group

Percent of Total, 2015

Population group Percent
civilian
employees
Number
of
agencies
2015
estimated
population
TOTAL AGENCIES: 30.4 13,160 273,099,970
TOTAL CITIES 22.4 10,075 187,551,939
GROUP I (250,000 and over) 24.0 76 56,116,904
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) 25.6 10 24,675,984
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) 21.3 23 16,678,441
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) 23.5 43 14,762,479
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) 23.7 195 28,956,838
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) 22.2 419 29,206,031
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) 20.1 764 26,443,466
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) 18.4 1,612 25,662,681
GROUP VI (under 10,000) 22.3 7,009 21,166,019
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 40.9 1,238 63,774,885
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES 41.0 1,847 21,773,146
SUBURBAN AREAS1 34.1 7,034 116,427,469
  • 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 Civilian Law Enforcement Employees, by Population Group, Percent of Total, 2015 

  • In 2015, more than 30 percent (30.4) of the nation’s full-time law enforcement employees were civilians. 

  • Within the nation’s cities, 22.4 percent of full-time law enforcement employees were civilians. 

  • The highest percentages of full-time civilian law enforcement employees were in nonmetropolitan counties (41.0 percent) and metropolitan counties (40.9 percent).