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
** 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 www.cops.usdoj.gov.