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NCJ Number: NCJ 233982     Find in a Library
Title: Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): 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: 07/2011
Page Count: 20
  Annotation: Findings are presented from the 2008 Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, which is a census conducted every 4 years in order to provide employment data for sworn and civilian personnel by full-time or part-time status.
Abstract: In September 2008, State and local law enforcement agencies employed approximately 1,133,000 sworn personnel. Local police departments were the largest employers of sworn personnel, accounting for 60 percent of the total sworn personnel; sheriffs’ offices were next, accounting for 24 percent. Forty-nine percent of all agencies employed fewer than 10 full-time officers; 64 percent of sworn personnel worked for agencies that employed 100 or more officers. Trend data show that from 2004 to 2008, overall full-time employment by State and local law enforcement agencies nationwide increased by 5.3 percent; sworn personnel increased 4.6 percent, and civilian personnel had a 6.9-percent increase. Over this period, State and local law enforcement agencies added approximately 9,500 more full-time sworn personnel than during the previous 4-year period. The number of full-time sworn personnel per 100,000 residents increased from 250 in 2004 to 251 in 2008. Fifteen of the 50 largest local police departments employed fewer full-time sworn personnel in 2008 than in 2004. The largest declines were in Detroit (36 percent), Memphis (23 percent), New Orleans (13 percent), and San Francisco (10 percent). Ten of the 50 largest local police departments reported double-digit increases in sworn personnel from 2004 to 2008. The largest increases during this period were in Phoenix (19 percent), Prince George’s County, MD (17 percent), Dallas (15 percent), and Fort Worth (14 percent). Data are reported for just over 1,700 State and local law enforcement agencies that served a special geographic jurisdiction or had special enforcement or investigative responsibilities during 2008. 22 tables
Main Term(s): Police statistics
Index Term(s): Municipal police ; Sheriffs ; State police ; Police personnel ; Police civilian employees
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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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