The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.
In the United States, as in most countries, police are majority male.
- United States law enforcement employees (all types) in 2015, by gender:
- 74% male
- 26% female
- Law Enforcement Officers by gender:
- 88% male
- 12% female
- Civilian employees by gender:
- 60% male
- 40% female
Accredited Law Enforcement Agencies are required to make an effort to mirror the ethnic diversity of the community they serve; however, there are no set standards for police diversity. Numbers here are from 2013.
- Percentage of LEOs who are ethnic minorities: 27
- Percentage point difference from 1990: 10
- Percentage of overall population who are ethnic minorities: 37
- Percentage point difference from 1990: 13
- Average percentage point difference between census population and police, by ethnicity:
- Hispanic: -11
- Black: -6
- Asian: -5
- Gender distribution of full-time law enforcement employees in the United States in 2015
- Diversity On the Force: Where Police Don’t Mirror Communities
Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.