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Publication Sheriffs' Offices, 2000

Matthew J. Hickman, Ph.D., Brian A. Reaves, Ph.D.

January 1, 2003    NCJ 196534

Presents data collected from a representative sample of the more than 3,000 sheriffs' offices nationwide. This report is based on the 2000 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey. Tables describe the number and size of agencies, personnel, budget and pay, agency functions, community policing activities, computers and information systems, and written policies and procedures.


  • From 1990 to 2000 the percentage of sheriffs' offices requiring all field officers to wear protective body armor more than doubled in all population categories.
  • Sheriffs' offices had total operating budgets of $17.7 billion during 2000, 45% more than in 1990 after adjusting for inflation.
  • Fifty-five percent of sheriffs' offices, employing 74% of sworn personnel, had a community policing plan of some type.

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