Interactive: California lost 4,000 cops during economic downturn

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 - 1:55 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Three of every four California police agencies shrunk during the last several years, collectively laying off thousands of cops, the latest FBI figures show.

The number of sworn police officers in California fell from 81,286 in 2008 to 77,584 in 2011, a roughly 5 percent decline. The number of police officers per 10,000 residents shrunk by 7 percent.

Police agencies also employed about 3,000, or 7 percent, fewer civilian support staff in 2011 than they did during 2008.

Crime declined over that period, but began to rise again during 2012.

Many police agencies continued to cut staff in 2012, though some, including the city of Sacramento, are hiring cops again.

Use this database to see how staffing has changed at nearly every police agency in California during the past few years, according to the FBI.

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Source: FBI

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