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There are roughly 18,000 police departments in the United States. Here is how many people police departments employ, how those departments share policing duties, and what kind of oversight exists.

Police & Law Enforcement

Data on the death penalty in the US

There were 10 federal executions in 2020, more than triple the number completed in the previous 42 years. Meanwhile, state executions of death row inmates have decreased.

Local governments spent on average $340 per person on law enforcement in 2017. That represents 9.2% of all spending. But a closer look at budgets shows how policing priorities differ in counties with different demographics.