Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers (CFLEO), [United States], Fiscal Year 2016 (ICPSR 37607)

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United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics

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In 2016, there were approximately 132,000 full-time federal law enforcement officers who were authorized to make arrests and carry firearms in the United States and its territories. This data collection comes from the Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers (CFLEO) and describes the agencies, functions, sex, and race of these officers. The data cover federal officers with arrest and firearm authority in both supervisory and non-supervisory roles employed as of September 30, 2016. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) administered the CFLEO to 86 federal agencies employing officers with arrest and firearm authority. The data do not include officers stationed in foreign countries and also exclude officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers (CFLEO), [United States], Fiscal Year 2016. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-03-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37607.v1

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2016 (Fiscal Year)
2017 -- 2018

BJS compiled a frame of federal agencies employing officers with arrest and firearm authorities based on a 2016 Attorney General memo requesting information for the Federal Law Enforcement Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and the 2008 CFLEO. BJS contacted the agencies that were determined to be eligible to provide a point of contact for the study. After receiving the points of contact, BJS sent the census form to the agency contacts to obtain the requested information.

Data came from all federal agencies employing officers with arrest and firearm authority. However, this excludes law enforcement officers stationed in foreign countries and in the U.S. Armed Forces. Due to classified information restrictions, this does not include the Central Intelligence Agency or the Transportation Security Administration's Federal Air Marshal Service.

Cross-sectional

All federal agencies employing officers with arrest and firearm authority.

Organization

Self-enumerated forms

Staff members categorized based on arrest authority only, firearm authority only, arrest and firearm authority, and neither arrest nor firearm authority.

Race categories included White, Black, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, two or more races, and race unknown. Staff members were also categorized based on male and female within each race and by total number of males and females.

Staff functions included criminal investigations/enforcement, patrol, noncriminal investigation, corrections, security, and courts. Functional categories were further classified based on firearm and arrest capabilities.

Seventy-eight out of 86 eligible federal agencies were included for a response rate of 91%.

2020-03-24

2020-03-24 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.

Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.