Important Law Enforcement Facts

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|There are approximately 870,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States. |
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|About 11.3 percent of them are female. |
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|Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1792, there have been more that 16,500 law enforcement|
|officers killed in the line of duty.
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Law enforcement officers, some of whom are |
|State or Federal special agents or inspectors, perform these duties in a variety of ways, depending on the size and type of their |
|organization. In most jurisdictions, they are expected to exercise authority when necessary, whether on or off duty. |
|Uniformed police officers who work in municipal police departments of various sizes, small communities, and rural areas have |
|general law enforcement duties including maintaining regular patrols and responding to calls for service. They may direct traffic |
|at the scene of a fire, investigate a burglary, or give first aid to an accident victim. In large police departments, officers |
|usually are assigned to a specific type of duty. Many urban police agencies are becoming more involved in community policing—a |
|practice in which an officer builds relationships with the citizens of local neighborhoods and
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