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Table 68

Police Disposition

Juvenile Offenders Taken into Custody, 2012

[2012 estimated population]

Population group Total1 Handled within
department
and released
Referred to
juvenile court
jurisdiction
Referred to
welfare
agency
Referred to
other police
agency
Referred to
criminal or
adult court
Number
of
agencies
2012
estimated
population
TOTAL AGENCIES: Number 395,874 85,482 269,771 2,982 6,182 31,457 4,949 119,450,843
Percent2 100.0 21.6 68.1 0.8 1.6 7.9
TOTAL CITIES Number 315,377 73,881 211,089 2,517 4,392 23,498 3,766 82,987,304
Percent2 100.0 23.4 66.9 0.8 1.4 7.5
GROUP I (250,000 and over) Number 79,964 27,855 49,921 80 510 1,598 32 21,237,640
Percent2 100.0 34.8 62.4 0.1 0.6 2.0
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Number 45,832 9,330 33,471 1,168 231 1,632 87 13,066,244
Percent2 100.0 20.4 73.0 2.5 0.5 3.6
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Number 58,746 12,228 40,673 381 1,365 4,099 229 15,912,636
Percent2 100.0 20.8 69.2 0.6 2.3 7.0
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Number 42,980 8,040 29,491 211 1,260 3,978 354 12,264,755
Percent2 100.0 18.7 68.6 0.5 2.9 9.3
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Number 47,465 8,099 32,107 363 593 6,303 750 12,033,818
Percent2 100.0 17.1 67.6 0.8 1.2 13.3
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Number 40,390 8,329 25,426 314 433 5,888 2,314 8,472,211
Percent2 100.0 20.6 63.0 0.8 1.1 14.6
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Number 68,944 9,605 51,119 373 1,656 6,191 655 28,781,270
Percent2 100.0 13.9 74.1 0.5 2.4 9.0
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Number 11,553 1,996 7,563 92 134 1,768 528 7,682,269
Percent2 100.0 17.3 65.5 0.8 1.2 15.3
SUBURBAN AREA3 Number 190,880 35,513 129,440 1,366 4,274 20,287 3,302 64,482,767
Percent2 100.0 18.6 67.8 0.7 2.2 10.6
  • 1 Includes all offenses except traffic and neglect cases.
  • 2 Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.
  • 3 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. 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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