Table 71

Full-time Law Enforcement Officers

by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group

Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2018

Region/geographic division Total
(10,420
cities;
population
197,821,036)
Group I
(84 cities,
250,000 and
over;
population
62,552,350)
Group II
(202 cities,
100,000 to
249,999;
population
30,038,031)
Group III
(442 cities,
50,000 to
99,999;
population
30,878,709)
Group IV
(787 cities,
25,000 to
49,999;
population
27,144,313)
Group V
(1,634 cities,
10,000 to
24,999;
population
25,900,835)
Group VI
(7,271 cities,
under 10,000;
population
21,306,798)
Total
city
agencies
2018
estimated
city
population
County2
(3,077
agencies;
population
89,881,260)
Total city
and county
agencies
2018
estimated
total agency
population
Suburban Areas3
(7,234 agencies;
population
121,529,639)
TOTAL Number of officers 436,603 160,641 49,636 49,670 46,443 49,118 81,095 10,420 197,821,036 250,062 13,497 287,702,296 302,056
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.6 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.9 3.8 2.8 2.5
NORTHEAST Number of officers 120,668 48,608 7,176 13,389 15,758 16,073 19,664 2,641 45,277,838
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 4.1 2.5 2.0 1.8 1.8 3.1
NEW ENGLAND Number of officers 28,252 2,122 3,827 5,447 6,121 5,699 5,036 794 13,036,890
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.1 2.5 2.0 1.9 1.9 2.9
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of officers 92,416 46,486 3,349 7,942 9,637 10,374 14,628 1,847 32,240,948
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.9 4.1 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.8 3.1
MIDWEST Number of officers 86,036 31,748 5,769 10,649 10,459 11,449 15,962 2,656 39,761,438
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.2 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.7 2.8
EAST NORTH CENTRAL Number of officers 59,261 25,909 3,441 7,055 7,828 6,854 8,174 1,439 25,931,951
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.3 3.6 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7 2.6
WEST NORTH CENTRAL Number of officers 26,775 5,839 2,328 3,594 2,631 4,595 7,788 1,217 13,829,487
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.9 2.2 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.7 3.0
SOUTH Number of officers 146,409 43,205 22,255 14,924 13,816 16,543 35,666 3,723 59,379,495
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.9 2.1 2.3 5.2
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of officers 71,972 17,608 11,716 8,576 7,405 8,042 18,625 1,708 26,360,842
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.7 2.0 2.0 2.2 2.5 6.2
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 25,553 5,287 3,835 1,988 3,198 3,485 7,760 892 9,498,849
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.3 2.4 2.1 2.2 2.5 4.5
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 48,884 20,310 6,704 4,360 3,213 5,016 9,281 1,123 23,519,804
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.1 1.9 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.1 4.4
WEST Number of officers 83,490 37,080 14,436 10,708 6,410 5,053 9,803 1,400 53,402,265
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.6 1.7 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.5 4.2
MOUNTAIN Number of officers 29,644 11,822 4,931 3,289 2,644 1,897 5,061 630 17,094,219
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.7 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.8 4.2
PACIFIC Number of officers 53,846 25,258 9,505 7,419 3,766 3,156 4,742 770 36,308,046
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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