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Local Police Department Personnel, 2020

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2022
26 pages
Publication Series

This report provides data on full-time sworn officers and civilians employed by local police departments. It presents data on the number, sex, race or Hispanic origin, and responsibilities of full-time personnel at local police departments. The report also provides information on the policies and procedures that local police departments adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Local police departments in the United States employed about 473,000 full-time sworn officers and 126,000 full-time civilian personnel in 2020.
  • Almost half (46%) of all local police departments employed fewer than 10 full-time-equivalent sworn officers.
  • In local police departments serving 250,000 or more residents, about 16% of police chiefs were female.
  • About 14% of full-time sworn officers and 11% of first-line supervisors across local police departments were female.

Date Published: November 1, 2022