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NCJ Number: NCJ 173429     Find in a Library
Title: Local Police Departments, 1997
Author(s): Brian A. Reaves Ph.D. ; Andrew L. Goldberg
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2000
Page Count: 32
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Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the 1997 LEMAS survey, this report presents data collected from a representative sample of the more than 13,000 general-purpose local police departments nationwide. Tables describe the number and size of agencies, job classification of personnel, race and sex of sworn personnel, agency functions, 911 system, lockup facilities, operating expenditures, starting salaries, special pay, education and training requirements, sidearms, nonlethal weapons, body armor policies, vehicle use policies, computers, and written policy directives.
Abstract: As of June 1997, local police departments had an estimated 531,496 full-time employees, including approximately 420,000 sworn personnel. Local police employment was up an average of approximately 3 percent a year after 1993, compared to approximately 1 percent per year, 1987-93. Racial and ethnic minorities comprised 21.5 percent of full-time sworn officers in local police departments in 1997. This compared t 19.1 percent in 1993, 17.0 percent in 1990, and 1406 percent in 1987. Nearly all officers worked for departments that used criminal record checks 99 percent, back-ground investigations 98 percent to screen applicants. Psychological 91 percent, aptitude 84 percent, and physical agility 78 percent tests were also widely used.
Main Term(s): Police statistics
Index Term(s): Automated police information systems ; Police information systems ; Police responsibilities ; Pay rates ; Police personnel ; Police agencies ; Local government ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Police expenditures ; Community policing
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