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Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 1996

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 1998
15 pages
Publication Series
The 1996 Directory Survey of Law Enforcement Agencies revealed that the 18,769 State and local law enforcement agencies had at least one sworn officer with general arrest powers and employed 921,978 persons full-time and 97,770 persons part-time as of June 1996.

Based on a census of the Nation's State and local law enforcement agencies, this report presents data on the number of sworn and civilian employees, both full-time and part-time, in each agency as of June 1996. The number of full-time State and local law enforcement officers whose regularly assigned duties included responding to calls for service grew by more than 68,000 men and women -- from 354,000 to 423,000 officers (19%) -- between 1992 and 1996. As of June 1996 the total number of full-time State and local officers with arrest powers was 663,535, an increase of 59,000 officers since 1992. Civilian support staff employment increased during the 4-year period by 21,000 to reach 258,443.

Date Published: June 1, 1998