Table 75

Full-time Civilian Law Enforcement Employees

by Population Group

Percent of Total, 2019

Population group Percent
civilian
employees
Number
of
agencies
2019
estimated
population
TOTAL AGENCIES: 30.5 13,247 288,357,597
TOTAL CITIES 22.2 10,247 196,900,226
GROUP I (250,000 and over) 23.5 85 62,520,440
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) 23.9 11 27,806,004
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) 23.1 26 18,452,421
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) 22.9 48 16,262,015
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) 23.0 207 30,396,345
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) 22.3 427 29,799,314
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) 19.6 788 27,147,744
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) 18.4 1,644 26,146,921
GROUP VI (under 10,000) 22.9 7,096 20,889,462
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 41.3 1,208 69,763,099
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES 41.5 1,792 21,694,272
SUBURBAN AREAS1 34.5 7,079 123,692,820
  • 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 Civilian Law Enforcement Employees, by Population Group, Percent of Total, 2019

  • In 2019, 30.5 percent of the nation’s full-time law enforcement employees were civilians.
  • Within the nation’s cities, 22.2 percent of full-time law enforcement employees were civilians.
  • The highest percentages of full-time civilian law enforcement employees were in nonmetropolitan counties (41.5 percent) and metropolitan counties (41.3 percent).