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Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 1996

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B A Reaves
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As of June 1996, Federal agencies employed about 74,500 full-time personnel authorized to make arrests and carry firearms; areas of duty for Federal officers included criminal investigation and enforcement (43 percent), corrections (21 percent), police response and patrol (16 percent), noncriminal investigation and enforcement (13 percent), court operations (4 percent), and security and protection (3 percent).
Of the officers, 12,403 were employed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 11,329 by the Bureau of Prisons, 10,389 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and 9,749 by the Customs Service. Twelve other agencies employed at least 500 officers. Nationwide, there were 28 officers per 100,000 residents. Outside the District of Columbia which had 1,198 per 100,000 residents, States ranged from more than 50 per 100,000 residents in Arizona and Alaska to under 10 per 100,000 residents in Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Iowa. Women accounted for 14 percent of officers. By race, 72 percent of officers were white non-Hispanic, 13 percent were Hispanics of any race, 12 percent were black non-Hispanic, 2 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1 percent were American Indian. The number of officers with arrest and firearms authority increased by about 6 percent between December 1993 and June 1996. Officers experienced 3,886 assaults during the 1991-1995 period. Supplemental data on officer job functions and minority officers is appended. 12 tables and 3 figures
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