Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
by Population Group
Percent Male and Female, 2016
|GROUP I (250,000 and over)||199,810||71.7||28.3||152,607||83.4||16.6||47,203||34.0||66.0||79||59,221,977|
|1,000,000 and over (Group I subset)||110,936||70.3||29.7||83,800||82.2||17.8||27,136||33.6||66.4||11||27,658,777|
|500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset)||46,843||75.1||24.9||36,642||85.0||15.0||10,201||39.5||60.5||21||15,316,228|
|250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset)||42,031||71.8||28.2||32,165||84.7||15.3||9,866||29.6||70.4||47||16,246,972|
|GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999)||63,555||73.7||26.3||48,534||88.3||11.7||15,021||26.4||73.6||200||29,632,582|
|GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999)||62,534||75.8||24.2||48,450||89.4||10.6||14,084||28.8||71.2||433||30,220,472|
|GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999)||57,020||78.2||21.8||45,582||90.8||9.2||11,438||28.0||72.0||773||26,885,069|
|GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999)||57,987||79.7||20.3||47,148||91.7||8.3||10,839||27.5||72.5||1,597||25,434,997|
|GROUP VI (under 10,000)||102,199||78.9||21.1||79,138||90.3||9.7||23,061||39.8||60.2||7,044||21,174,527|
- 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. 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, 2016
- Nationwide in 2016, 87.9 percent of full-time law enforcement officers were males.
- Sixty percent 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 (91.7) of male officers.
- Cities with populations of 1 million and over (a subset of the total Group I cities) employed the highest percentage (17.8) 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 (73.6) of females.
- Metropolitan county agencies had the highest percentage (46.2) of male full-time civilian law enforcement employees.