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California
70,090
Texas
59,290
New York
50,600
Florida
47,000
Illinois
29,290
Pennsylvania
25,210
Ohio
24,150
Georgia
21,140
New Jersey
20,510
North Carolina
20,480
Massachusetts
17,450
Virginia
17,190
Michigan
16,350
Louisiana
13,080
Tennessee
12,650
Alabama
12,570
Indiana
12,470
Missouri
12,300
Arizona
11,850
South Carolina
11,640
Wisconsin
11,530
Maryland
10,280
Colorado
10,140
Minnesota
9,020
Washington
8,960
Oklahoma
8,900
Mississippi
7,520
Kentucky
6,460
Connecticut
6,410
Kansas
5,920
Nevada
5,620
Arkansas
5,200
Utah
5,200
Iowa
5,090
Oregon
4,880
New Mexico
4,610
Nebraska
3,320
West Virginia
3,190
Idaho
3,160
New Hampshire
2,900
Hawaii
2,360
Maine
2,080
Montana
1,940
Delaware
1,860
South Dakota
1,830
Rhode Island
1,760
North Dakota
1,710
Alaska
1,310
Wyoming
1,230
Vermont
870

Police Officers by State 2024

Police Officers by State 2024

Which States Have the Most Law Enforcement Officers?

There are a few ways that the number of law enforcement officers can be calculated. There are some people who are curious about the states with the highest number of police officers. The states with the highest total number of police officers include:

  • California has approximately 148,000 police officers.
  • Texas has approximately 140,000 police officers.
  • New York has approximately 126,000 police officers.
  • Florida has approximately 93,000 police officers.
  • Pennsylvania has approximately 60,000 police officers.

These numbers vary for a number of reasons, but one of the most important reasons is that different states have different numbers of people. Therefore, it might also be helpful to take a look at the total number of police officers per 100,000 people by state. These numbers include:

  • New York has approximately 655 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Maryland has approximately 637 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Louisiana has approximately 614 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Virginia has approximately 594 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Alaska has approximately 585 police officers for every 100,000 people.

Which States Have the Fewest Police Officers Per Capita?

There are also people who are curious about the fewest number of police officers. The states that have the fewest numbers of police officers include:

  • Utah has approximately 293 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Oregon has approximately 301 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Washington has approximately 313 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Minnesota has approximately 317 police officers for every 100,000 people.
  • Vermont has approximately 323 police officers for every 100,000 people.

Do Police Officer Numbers Change From Year To Year?

Yes, the number of police officers can change from year to year. Every year, police departments welcome new people into the academy. Then, when people finish training, they enter the police force. At the same time, police officers retire after a certain number of years on the force. Different jobs have different policies, but it can be stressful to constantly be in a patrol car. Therefore, police officers can be phased out of the force, moving to a desk job before they retire completely. Therefore, the exact numbers of police officers can change from year to year, but most states maintain a similar number of police officers every year.

What Does it Take To Become a Police Officer on the Force?

Typically, police officers are not required to have a college diploma, but they are required to finish high school. Different departments can have different philosophies, but police officers have to complete training at an academy before they are welcomed to the force. There are also other jobs within the police force that might require a college degree, but the average police officer does not require a college degree to ride in a patrol car. Police officers might also undergo psychological testing before they are welcomed to the force. This is important for analyzing how they might respond in certain stressful situations.

Police Officers by State 2024

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State
Police And Sheriff's Patrol Officers
First- Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives
Transit And Railroad Police
California70,0907,790
Texas59,2906,550270
New York50,60010,4501,460
Florida47,0008,31090
Illinois29,2906,90080
Pennsylvania25,2104,46050
Ohio24,1503,650
Georgia21,1407,640320
New Jersey20,5105,520310
North Carolina20,4804,810
Massachusetts17,4504,380
Virginia17,1903,220300
Michigan16,3502,480
Louisiana13,0802,950
Tennessee12,6504,79030
Alabama12,5701,180
Indiana12,4701,300
Missouri12,3003,210
Arizona11,8502,320
South Carolina11,6401,390
Wisconsin11,5301,390
Maryland10,2806,440
Colorado10,1402,130
Minnesota9,0202,120
Washington8,9602,700
Oklahoma8,9001,520
Mississippi7,5201,330
Kentucky6,4601,900
Connecticut6,4101,670
Kansas5,9202,140
Nevada5,6201,240
Arkansas5,2001,710
Utah5,2001,210
Iowa5,0901,360
Oregon4,8801,250
New Mexico4,610970
Nebraska3,320660
West Virginia3,190350
Idaho3,160820
New Hampshire2,900640
Hawaii2,360630
Maine2,080440
Montana1,940350
Delaware1,860370
South Dakota1,830200
Rhode Island1,760780
North Dakota1,710210
Alaska1,310270
Wyoming1,230350
Vermont870200
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Police Officers by State 2024

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