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Sheriffs' Offices Personnel, 2020

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2022
25 pages
Publication Series

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


  • Sheriffs’ offices employed 174,000 full-time sworn officers and 191,000 full-time civilian personnel in 2020.
  • More than three-quarters (76%) of sheriffs’ offices employed fewer than 50 full-time-equivalent (FTE) sworn officers.
  • About 14% of full-time sworn officers and 12% of first-line supervisors in sheriffs’ offices were female.
  • About 10% of full-time sworn officers in sheriffs’ offices were black, and 14% were Hispanic.

Date Published: November 1, 2022