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Local Police Departments, 2013: Personnel, Policies, and Practices

NCJ Number
Date Published
May 2015
22 pages
Brian A. Reaves
Publication Series
Publication Type
Survey, Statistics, Report (Annual/Periodic)
This report uses selected variables from the 2013 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey to describe the personnel, policies, and practices of local police departments, and comparisons are made with prior years when data are available.
The data indicate that local police departments employed approximately 177,000 full-time sworn personnel in 2013, 3,596 more than in 1987. Forty-eight percent of the departments employed fewer than 10 officers. Fifty-four percent of local police officers were employed in jurisdictions with 100,000 or more residents. Approximately one in eight local police officers were female, including about 1 in 10 first-line supervisors. Almost 27 percent of local police officers were members of a racial or ethnic minority, compared to 15 percent in 1987. From 2007 to 2013, the number of Hispanic or Latino local police officers increased by 16 percent. Departments in larger jurisdictions were more diverse than those in smaller ones; diversity has increased in all population categories since 1987. Nearly one in four local police officers worked for a department that required entry-level officers to have at least a 2-year college degree. A majority of departments serving 25,000 or more residents maintained problemsolving partnerships or agreements with local organizations. Most departments with 100 or more officers had full-time specialized units for addressing child abuse, juvenile crime, gangs, and domestic violence. 40 tables and 9 figures
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