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Data Collection: Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers
Status: Active
Frequency: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2016
Latest data available: 2016

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

  • Connor Brooks, BJS Statistician (Email this expert)
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    Collection Period

    1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2016

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    Questionnaires

    Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers
    2016 PDF (238K)
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    Methodology

    The 2016 Census covered 83 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. The officer counts exclude officers in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Transportation Security Administration's Federal Air Marshals. Data were collected by email and fax.

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    Publications & Products

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

    Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2016 - Statistical Tables Provides information on the approximately 132,000 full-time federal law enforcement officers employed by 83 federal agencies.
      Full report (PDF 482K) | Data tables (Zip format 13K)
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

    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.
      Full report (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.
      Full report (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.
      Full report (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.
      Full report (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 | Full report (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 | Full report (PDF 121K) | ASCII file (56K)
    Part of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Series

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