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The Impact of the Economic Downturn on American Police Agencies

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The Impact of the Economic Downturn on American Police Agencies

The economic downturn of the past several years has devastated local economies and their local law enforcement agencies. Sworn to protect and serve the public, law enforcement faces a bleak outlook. The nation’s law enforcement agencies are confronting severe budget cuts and unmanageable layoffs, and they are fundamentally changing how they keep the public safe. COPS compiled data from a number of current surveys and data sets, which show the impact that the current economic climate has had on law enforcement agencies nationwide.**

Layoffs, furloughs, and unfilled jobs mean less public safety

Budget cuts have a heavy impact

The delivery of law enforcement services will fundamentally change as a result of today’s economic climate

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** Data are based on information and survey results from: the National Association of Counties; International Association of Chiefs of Police; Major Cities Chiefs Association; Police Executive Research Forum; The National League of Cities; the Fraternal Order of Police; Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics and application data from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. For a copy of the full report entitled the Impact of the Economic Downturn on American Police Agencies, please call 800.421.6770, or visit the COPS Office website at





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