1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2018
Provides data on all state and local law enforcement agencies operating nationwide. Data collected include the number of sworn and civilian personnel by state and type of agency, and functions performed by each agency.
The 2018 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA) data collection form was mailed to nearly 20,000 agencies potentially operating nationwide. This master list was created by compiling information from—
- BJS’s Law Enforcement Agency Roster (LEAR). The LEAR originated from a variety of sources, including the 2008 and 2014 CSLLEA, the 2013 and 2016 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) surveys, and the 2016 Body Worn Camera LEMAS Supplement.
- lists provided by Peace Officer Standards and Training offices and other state agencies.
Responses were received through website, mail, and phone options. Responding agencies were screened for eligibility to be included in the final CSLLEA database. Agencies were excluded if any of the following conditions existed on the CSLLEA reference date of June 30, 2018.
- The agency employed only part-time officers and their total combined hours averaged less than 35 hours per week.
- The agency was closed, represented a duplicate listing, or was otherwise an invalid entry.
- The agency contracted or outsourced to another agency for performance of all services.
- The agency did not employ personnel with general arrest powers.
- The agency was private (i.e., did not operate with funds from a state, local, special district, or tribal government).
- All sworn officers volunteered their time on an unpaid basis.
- Agency was operated by the federal government.