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Sheriffs' Office Personnel, 1993-2013

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 2016
13 pages
Andrea M. Burch
Publication Type
Survey, Statistics, Report (Annual/Periodic)
Using data from the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS') Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey, this report presents data on persons employed by the Nation's sheriffs' offices from 1993 to 2013, as well as employment trends during this period.
During 2013, sheriffs' offices employed 20 percent of the Nation's 15,400 general-purpose State and local law enforcement agencies. They employed 34 percent of all full-time, general-purpose law enforcement personnel during 2013. Approximately 189,000 (54 percent) full-time sheriffs' office employees were sworn officers, composing 26 percent of all full-time general-purpose law enforcement personnel in 2013. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of full-time sworn personnel increased 10 percent, and civilian personnel decreased by 6 percent. In 2013, approximately 14 percent of full-time sworn officers were female compared to 12 percent in 2007. Nationally, approximately 12 percent of first-line supervisors in sheriffs' offices were female in 2013. From 2007 to 2013, minority personnel among full-time officers in sheriffs' offices increased by just over 7,000 (up 22 percent), from 32,700 to 40,100 officers. For the first time, Hispanic or Latino officers composed the largest minority group (11 percent) of full-time sworn officers employed by sheriffs' offices in 2013. Full-time sworn officers who were Asian, Native Hawaiian, or "other" (Pacific Islanders, American Indian, or Alaska Natives) increased from 1.1 percent in 1993 to 2.0 percent in 2013. 22 tables and 6 figures
Date Created: June 16, 2016