Law Enforcement by the Demographics

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


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.

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