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Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2020 - Statistical Tables

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Date Published
September 2022
18 pages

This report presents data on full-time federal law enforcement officers who were authorized to make arrests, carry firearms, or both. It is the ninth in a series that began in 1993 and describes the job functions, sex, race, and Hispanic origin of federal law enforcement officers. It also provides data on the size and composition of federal law enforcement agencies.


In fiscal year 2020—

  • Ninety agencies employed 136,815 full-time federal law enforcement officers, 3,742 (2.7%) of whom were employed by Offices of Inspectors General (OIGs).
  • The Department of Homeland Security and its OIG employed almost half (49% or 66,410) of all federal law enforcement officers across the country.
  • Criminal investigation was the primary function for more than two-thirds (68%) of federal law enforcement officers.
  • About 15% of federal law enforcement officers and 13% of supervisory law enforcement personnel were female.

Date Published: September 1, 2022