Full-time Law Enforcement Officers
Range in Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants
by Population Group, 2007
The FBI collects these data through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)
- This table includes the number of agencies that fall within specified
rate ranges of employment by population group for law enforcement officers.
- Agencies with no resident population; i.e., those associated with universities
and colleges (see Table 79), other agencies (see Table 81), and some
state agencies; are excluded from this table. Therefore, the total number
of agencies used in this table differs from that provided in other law
enforcement officer tables.
- The information in this table is derived from law enforcement officer
counts (as of October 31, 2007) submitted by participating agencies.
- The UCR Program defines law enforcement officers as individuals who
ordinarily carry a firearm and a badge, have full arrest powers, and
are paid from governmental funds set aside specifically to pay sworn
- The FBI derived the rate of full-time law enforcement officers per
population group by first dividing the aggregated total of officers for
the group by the aggregated estimated populations covered by the contributing
agencies within the group and then multiplying the resulting figure by
For the 2007 population estimates used in this table, the FBI computed
individual rates of growth from one year to the next for every city/town
and county using 2000 decennial population counts and 2001 through 2006
population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Each agency’s rates of
growth were averaged; that average was then applied and added to its 2006
Census population estimate to derive the agency’s 2007 population estimate.
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