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What is the average ratio of local police officers to residents?

According to the 2016 BJS Law Enforcement and Management Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey, departments serving 100,000 to 249,999 and 50,000-99,999 residents had the lowest average ratio (1.7 officers per 1,000 residents). Departments serving populations of 1 million or more and 1,000 to 9,999 had 2.3 officers per 1,000 residents.


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