Full-time Law Enforcement Officers
by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group
Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2017
|TOTAL||Number of officers||422,869||155,692||47,814||47,850||45,672||47,866||77,975||10,058||193,187,549||247,410||13,128||281,979,640||298,444|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.2||2.6||1.6||1.6||1.7||1.9||3.8||2.8||2.5|
|NORTHEAST||Number of officers||119,962||48,868||7,188||13,201||15,436||15,893||19,376||2,614||45,196,822|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.7||4.1||2.5||2.0||1.8||1.8||3.0|
|NEW ENGLAND||Number of officers||28,038||2,205||3,831||5,409||5,985||5,628||4,980||781||12,920,841|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.2||3.2||2.6||2.0||1.8||1.8||2.9|
|MIDDLE ATLANTIC||Number of officers||91,924||46,663||3,357||7,792||9,451||10,265||14,396||1,833||32,275,981|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.8||4.1||2.4||2.0||1.8||1.8||3.1|
|MIDWEST||Number of officers||82,591||28,201||6,130||10,896||10,069||11,343||15,952||2,616||39,587,170|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.1||3.0||1.6||1.5||1.5||1.7||2.8|
|EAST NORTH CENTRAL||Number of officers||55,403||22,440||3,127||7,232||7,554||6,862||8,188||1,382||25,468,923|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.2||3.3||1.7||1.6||1.5||1.7||2.6|
|WEST NORTH CENTRAL||Number of officers||27,188||5,761||3,003||3,664||2,515||4,481||7,764||1,234||14,118,247|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||1.9||2.2||1.6||1.4||1.5||1.7||3.0|
|SOUTH||Number of officers||136,418||41,899||19,615||12,939||13,720||15,426||32,819||3,427||55,419,668|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.5||2.3||1.9||1.9||2.0||2.3||5.2|
|SOUTH ATLANTIC||Number of officers||69,076||17,795||11,099||7,477||7,407||7,857||17,441||1,606||25,229,607|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.7||2.7||2.0||2.0||2.2||2.4||6.2|
|EAST SOUTH CENTRAL||Number of officers||21,736||5,121||1,657||1,986||3,060||3,005||6,907||738||8,207,314|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.6||2.2||2.2||2.1||2.1||2.4||4.7|
|WEST SOUTH CENTRAL||Number of officers||45,606||18,983||6,859||3,476||3,253||4,564||8,471||1,083||21,982,747|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||2.1||1.9||1.7||1.8||1.8||2.0||4.2|
|WEST||Number of officers||83,898||36,724||14,881||10,814||6,447||5,204||9,828||1,401||52,983,889|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||1.6||1.8||1.2||1.2||1.3||1.5||4.3|
|MOUNTAIN||Number of officers||30,266||11,612||5,493||3,300||2,618||2,077||5,166||640||16,919,843|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||1.8||1.8||1.4||1.3||1.4||1.8||4.5|
|PACIFIC||Number of officers||53,632||25,112||9,388||7,514||3,829||3,127||4,662||761||36,064,046|
|Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants||1.5||1.8||1.1||1.1||1.2||1.4||4.2|
- 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. 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, 2017
- In 2017, 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 cities in the Northeast had a rate of 2.7 full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants.
- In cities in the South, the rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents was 2.5.
- The rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants was 2.1 in cities in the Midwest.
- Law enforcement agencies in cities in the West had a rate of 1.6 full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants.