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Peace Officer Around the United States

Peace Officer States
Appear in Blue

The state penal code uses only the term Peace Officer when referring to police officers.

Other States
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The State penal code does not refer to Peace Officer

Peace Officer

Usually means a law enforcement role which includes a badge, has the power to arrest, and also carries a service weapon.

Survey of US Penal Codes

According to research of the 50 states’ and District of Columbia penal codes, 71% of states use only the term Peace Officer when referring to police officers. and nearly 80% of states use the term in some law enforcement context.

Around the U.S. the term “Peace Officer” is primarily used to refer to police in state penal codes.

Serving Communities Around the Country

17,985

Total Departments

Total U.S. Municipal Law Enforcement Departments

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics

14,819

Total Police

Local Police Departments

Comprised of local city police departments

3,166

Total Sheriff's

County Sheriff's Offices

Comprised of local county sheriff's offices

6,871

Department Reach

Number Introduced

Number of departments of all types Introduced

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