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NCJ Number: NCJ 148823     Find in a Library
Title: Sheriffs' Departments 1993
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): B. A. Reaves ; P. Z. Smith
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 06/1996
Page Count: 28
  Annotation: As of June 30, 1993, sheriff departments in the United States had an estimated 224,236 full-time employees, 10 percent more than in 1990, and this total included 155,815 sworn personnel and 68,421 civilian employees.
Abstract: Nearly all sheriff departments were responsible for performing court-related functions such as serving the civil process and providing court security. About 9 in 10 investigated crimes, responded to calls for service, and provided routine patrol services. Many sheriff departments also had primary responsibility for dispatching calls for service, operating a jail, drug enforcement, traffic enforcement, and search and rescue operations. For fiscal year 1993, sheriff departments had operating expenditures of $10.7 billion, 6 percent more than in 1990 after adjusting for inflation. Operating expenditures in 1993 averaged $66,500 per sworn officer, $45,900 per employee, and $45 per resident. Overall, 16.9 percent of full-time sworn personnel employed by sheriff departments in 1993 were members of a racial or ethnic minority. In 1993, 8 percent of sheriff departments required new deputy recruits to have completed at least some college course work, compared to about 4 percent in 1990. New deputy recruits were required to undergo about 750 hours of training in 1993, 82 percent of sheriff departments authorized regular field officers to use semiautomatic sidearms, nearly all sheriff departments authorized the use of nonlethal weapons, 30 percent required regular field officers to wear protective body armor while on duty, 6 percent participated in a 911 emergency telephone system, and approximately 62 percent maintained computerized warrant files. Detailed statistical data are tabulated on sheriff department personnel, expenditures and pay, operations, equipment, computers, and policy directives. Tables and figures
Main Term(s): Police statistics
Index Term(s): Police responsibilities ; Sheriffs ; Pay rates ; Police personnel ; Police civilian employees ; Law enforcement costs ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Police expenditures ; Police compensation ; Police recruit training ; Police higher education
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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