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Table 74

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees

by Population Group

Percent Male and Female, 2010

Population group Total law enforcement employees Percent law
enforcement employees
Total officers Percent officers Total civilians Percent civilians Number
of
agencies
2010
estimated
population
Male Female Male Female Male Female
TOTAL AGENCIES: 1,013,608 73.3 26.7 705,009 88.2 11.8 308,599 39.2 60.8 14,744 291,414,594
TOTAL CITIES 577,677 75.5 24.5 448,905 88.2 11.8 128,772 31.4 68.6 11,356 197,172,429
GROUP I (250,000 and over) 201,067 71.6 28.4 154,306 83.2 16.8 46,761 33.6 66.4 74 56,581,538
1,000,000 and over (Group I subset) 109,760 70.3 29.7 82,949 81.9 18.1 26,811 34.5 65.5 10 25,823,829
500,000 to 999,999 (Group I subset) 53,777 74.1 25.9 42,239 84.3 15.7 11,538 36.8 63.2 24 16,642,397
250,000 to 499,999 (Group I subset) 37,530 72.0 28.0 29,118 85.1 14.9 8,412 26.6 73.4 40 14,115,312
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) 68,705 73.3 26.7 52,541 87.9 12.1 16,164 25.9 74.1 193 28,908,827
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) 65,955 76.2 23.8 51,072 90.3 9.7 14,883 27.9 72.1 437 29,978,412
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) 62,927 78.2 21.8 49,883 91.4 8.6 13,044 27.6 72.4 812 27,951,300
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) 69,615 79.4 20.6 55,959 92.2 7.8 13,656 26.8 73.2 1,853 29,350,253
GROUP VI (under 10,000) 109,408 79.5 20.5 85,144 91.5 8.5 24,264 37.5 62.5 7,987 24,402,099
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES 302,405 69.6 30.4 176,658 86.6 13.4 125,747 45.7 54.3 1,254 66,864,768
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES 133,526 72.1 27.9 79,446 92.3 7.7 54,080 42.5 57.5 2,134 27,377,397
SUBURBAN AREAS1 469,656 73.0 27.0 307,593 88.6 11.4 162,063 43.2 56.8 7,675 124,334,967
  • 1 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 Employees by Population Group, Percent Male and Female, 2010

  • Nationwide in 2010, 88.2 percent of full-time law enforcement officers were males.
  • Nationwide, 60.8 percent of full-time civilian law enforcement employees were females.
  • Of the city population groups, cities with populations of 10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants employed the highest percentage (92.2) of full-time male officers.
  • Cities with populations of 1 million and over (a subset of the total Group I cities) employed the highest percentage (18.1) of full-time female officers.
  • Among the Nation’s civilian law enforcement personnel, cities with populations of 100,000 to 249,999 inhabitants had the highest percentage (74.1) of female employees.
  • Metropolitan county agencies had the highest percentage (45.7) of full-time male civilian law enforcement employees.