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Data Collection: Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers
Status: Active
Frequency: Every two years since 1993
Latest data available: 2008

Collects data from all federal law enforcement agencies with arrest and firearms authority. Data collected include the number of officers working in the areas of criminal investigation and law enforcement, police patrol and response, security and protection, court operations, and corrections, by agency and state.

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Data Experts

  • Brian Reaves, Statistician, BJS
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    Collection Period

    1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008

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    Documentation

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    Methodology

    The 2008 Census covered 73 agencies. The officer counts include supervisory and nonsupervisory personnel with federal arrest authority who were also authorized (but not necessarily required) to carry firearms while on duty. They exclude officers in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard).   Because of classified information restrictions, the CIA and the Transportation Security Administration's Federal Air Marshals  are also excluded. Data were collected by email, fax, and mail.

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    Publications & Products

    The following publications and products were generated by BJS using data from this collection.

    Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2008 Presents data from 73 federal law enforcement agencies that employed full-time officers with authority to make arrests and to carry a firearm while on duty.
      PDF (1M) | ASCII file (28K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 36K)
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

    Employment by Officers of inspector general of full-time personnel authorized to make arrest and carry firearms, September 2004 Table 3 from Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2004
      Download CSV file (Data Table 2 KB)


    Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2004 Reports the results of a biennial census of federal agencies employing personnel with arrest and firearms authority.
      PDF (594K) | ASCII file (37K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 12K) | To order paper version
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

    Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2002 Provides national data on Federal officers with authority to make arrests and carry firearms as of June 2002.
      PDF (335K) | ASCII file (40K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 63K) | To order paper version
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

    Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2000 Provides national data on Federal officers as of June 2000.
      PDF (124K) | ASCII file (48K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 21K)
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

    Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 1998 Provides national data on Federal officers with arrest and firearms authority for June 1998.
      Press Release | PDF (189K) | ASCII file (39K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 17K)
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

    Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 1996 Provides national data on Federal law enforcement officers with arrest and firearms authority for June 1996.
      Press Release | PDF (121K) | ASCII file (56K) | Codebooks and Datasets
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

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    Related Topics

  • Law Enforcement | Federal Law Enforcement
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