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Table 76 Data Declaration

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Full-time State Law Enforcement Employees, by State, 2015 

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. 

  • The 2015 police employee data from the Alaska state UCR Program were not received and, therefore, are not included in this table. 

Methodology 

  • The information in this table is derived from law enforcement employee counts (as of October 31, 2015) 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.