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Table 71

Full-time Law Enforcement Officers

by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group

Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2010

Region/geographic division Total
(11,356 cities; population 197,172,429)
Group I
(74 cities, 250,000 and over; population 56,581,538)
Group II (193 cities, 100,000 to 249,999; population 28,908,827) Group III (437 cities, 50,000 to 99,999; population 29,978,412 Group IV (812 cities, 25,000 to 49,999; population 27,951,300) Group V (1,853 cities, 10,000 to 24,999; population 29,350,253) Group VI (7,987 cities, under 10,000; population 24,402,099) Total
city agencies
2010
estimated
city
population
County1 (3,388 agencies; population 94,242,165) Total city and county agencies 2010
estimated
total agency
population
Suburban Areas2 (7,675 agencies; population 124,334,967)
TOTAL Number of officers 448,905 154,306 52,541 51,072 49,883 55,959 85,144 11,356 197,172,429 256,104 14,744 291,414,594 307,593
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.3 2.7 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.9 3.5 2.7 2.5
NORTHEAST Number of officers 118,708 46,608 8,134 12,850 15,536 16,808 18,772 2,648 44,886,743
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 4.1 2.8 2.1 1.9 1.8 2.8
NEW ENGLAND Number of officers 28,236 2,094 3,910 4,941 5,784 6,051 5,456 808 12,956,907
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.3 2.7 2.0 1.9 1.8 2.9
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of officers 90,472 44,514 4,224 7,909 9,752 10,757 13,316 1,840 31,929,836
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.8 4.1 2.9 2.1 1.9 1.8 2.7
MIDWEST Number of officers 96,472 28,645 7,375 10,990 12,841 15,398 21,223 3,374 44,558,939
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.1 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.8 2.8
EAST NORTH CENTRAL Number of officers 69,972 22,662 4,816 7,692 10,037 11,181 13,584 2,141 31,209,169
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.5 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.8 2.8
WEST NORTH CENTRAL Number of officers 26,500 5,983 2,559 3,298 2,804 4,217 7,639 1,233 13,349,770
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.0 2.3 1.7 1.4 1.5 1.7 2.9
SOUTH Number of officers 150,276 42,513 23,265 15,688 14,579 18,410 35,821 3,922 58,174,704
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 2.5 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.4 4.7
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of officers 69,799 16,494 11,883 8,857 6,779 8,591 17,195 1,634 23,617,349
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 3.0 3.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.6 5.9
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 27,158 5,902 3,464 1,808 3,577 4,357 8,050 972 9,987,963
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.4 2.5 2.3 2.3 2.4 4.1
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 53,319 20,117 7,918 5,023 4,223 5,462 10,576 1,316 24,569,392
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.1 1.8 1.7 1.8 2.0 3.9
WEST Number of officers 83,449 36,540 13,767 11,544 6,927 5,343 9,328 1,412 49,552,043
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.7 1.9 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.6 3.7
MOUNTAIN Number of officers 29,586 11,724 4,886 3,558 2,702 2,026 4,690 634 16,079,899
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.8 1.9 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.8 3.6
PACIFIC Number of officers 53,863 24,816 8,881 7,986 4,225 3,317 4,638 778 33,472,144
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.6 1.9 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.5 3.8
  • 1 The designation county is a combination of both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties.
  • 2 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 (see Data Declaration). 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 Law Enforcement Officers, by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group, Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2010 

  • In the Nation’s cities in 2010, the average number of full-time law enforcement officers was 2.3 per 1,000 residents.
  • In cities in the Northeast, the rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants was 2.6.
  • In cities in the South, the rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants was 2.6.
  • In cities in the Midwest, the rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents was 2.2.
  • In cities in the West, the rate of full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 inhabitants was 1.7.