Number of law enforcement officers in the U.S. 2004-2017

Number of full-time law enforcement officers in the United States from 2004 to 2017

by Erin Duffin, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of law enforcement officers in the U.S. 2004-2017

How many police officers are there in the U.S.?

In 2017, there were 670,279 full-time law enforcement officers employed in the United States. The number of full-time law enforcement officers reached a peak in 2008 with 708,569 officers, and hit a low in 2013 with 626,942 officers.

Employment in law enforcement

According to the source, law enforcement officers are defined as those individuals who regularly carry a firearm and an official badge on their person, have full powers of arrest, and whose salaries are paid from federal funds set aside specifically for sworn law enforcement. Law enforcement, particularly when it comes to officers, is a male-dominated field. Law enforcement employees can either be officers or civilians, and federal law enforcement agencies cover a wide area of jurisdictions -- from the National Park Service to the FBI.

Police in the United States

The police in the United States have come under fire over the past few years for accusations of use of unnecessary force and for the number of people who are shot to death by police in the U.S. Police officers in the United States are regularly armed, and in comparison, 19 countries, including Iceland, New Zealand, and Ireland, do not regularly arm their police forces.
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Number of full-time law enforcement officers in the United States from 2004 to 2017

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