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NCJ Number: NCJ 173428     Find in a Library
Title: Sheriffs' Departments, 1997
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Andrew L. Goldberg ; Brian A. Reaves Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2000
Page Count: 37
  Annotation: Based on the 1997 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey, this report presents data collected from a representative sample of the nearly 3,100 sheriffs' departments operating nationwide.
Abstract: Tables describe these agencies in terms of their personnel, expenditures and pay, operations, community policing initiatives, equipment, computers and information systems, and written policies. Highlights include the following: (1) As of June 1997, sheriffs' departments had an estimated 263,427 full-time employees, including about 175,000 sworn personnel. Total employment was up by an average 4.4 percent per year since 1993, compared to 3.1 percent per year from 1987 to 1993; (2) Racial and ethnic minorities comprised 19 percent of full-time sworn officers in sheriffs' departments in 1997. This compared to 16.9 percent in 1993, 15.5 percent in 1990, and 1304 percent in 1987; (3) Nearly all officers worked for departments that used criminal record checks 99 percent, background investigations 98 percent, driving record checks 95 percent, and medical exams 92 percent to screen applicants. Psychological 75 percent, aptitude 69 percent, and physical agility 59 percent tests were also widely used.
Main Term(s): Police statistics
Index Term(s): Police information systems ; Police responsibilities ; Sheriffs ; Pay rates ; Police personnel ; Traffic law enforcement ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Police expenditures ; Community policing
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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