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  • December 17, 2011

The Government’s Growing Police Force

Government agencies of all stripes have become the front-line enforcers for many of the laws Congress has written the past four decades. Currently, there are believed to be around 25,000 sworn law enforcement officers in federal agencies not traditionally associated with crime-fighting. Among them are 3,812 criminal investigators working for departments other than Treasury, Justice, Defense and what is now Homeland Security. See how the number of criminal investigators in those other federal departments has changed over time. Click on column headers to sort.

 

Agency
1973
1978
1983
1988
1993
1998
2003
2008
2011
Armed Forces Retirement Home
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Corporation for National and Community Service
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
7
9
Department of Agriculture
225
366
341
381
467
378
315
292
291
Department of Commerce
16
18
82
111
86
118
232
256
253
Department of Education
0
0
54
59
86
78
77
89
95
Department of Energy
0
33
26
26
65
42
67
69
77
Department of Health and Human Services
1
73
143
265
346
398
567
577
686
Department of Housing and Urban Development
66
74
75
80
106
171
240
228
264
Department of Interior
77
109
147
175
248
235
518
495
547
Department of Labor
2
14
145
162
168
127
141
239
225
Department of State
1
24
39
36
43
46
37
91
109
Department of Transportation
0
6
39
66
74
96
97
99
101
Department of Veterans Affairs
5
3
55
69
94
103
147
181
207
Environmental Protection Agency
0
1
52
103
172
258
270
239
265
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
0
0
0
3
1
1
2
2
2
Export-Import Bank of the United States
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
5
Farm Credit Administration
0
2
2
0
1
1
1
0
0
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
0
0
0
0
95
37
33
35
45
Federal Home Loan Bank Board
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
Federal Housing Finance Agency
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
General Accounting Office
0
0
0
26
0
0
0
0
0
General Services Administration
62
64
111
119
146
116
53
65
69
Government Printing Office
0
0
0
7
9
6
7
5
7
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
0
0
14
38
56
50
52
52
62
National Archives and Records Administration
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
3
7
National Credit Union Administration
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
2
1
National Labor Relations Board
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
National Science Foundation
0
0
0
0
3
2
6
6
7
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
0
5
37
40
55
53
49
46
44
Office of Personnel Management
0
0
0
0
11
10
13
26
30
Panama Canal Commission
6
6
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
Peace Corps
0
0
0
0
2
3
3
3
4
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
4
5
Railroad Retirement Board
0
0
0
16
37
17
18
16
19
Securities and Exchange Commission
0
4
3
3
24
10
5
1
1
Small Business Administration
0
0
32
38
38
38
32
34
38
Smithsonian Institution
0
0
0
4
4
4
6
6
4
Social Security Administration
7
4
0
0
0
228
276
283
289
U.S. Agency for International Development
39
26
21
25
29
19
24
27
30
U.S. Information Agency
0
0
1
5
8
0
0
0
0
TOTAL criminal investigators in non-traditional civilian agencies
507
832
1,420
1,858
2,479
2,652
3,298
3,479
3,812

 

 

Source:U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Notes: All data as of Sept. 30. Figures do not include units transferred to Department of Homeland Security after 2002.

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Our government is out of control.  If one does not believe it is, one should study this chart.

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  1. Darn, need years since 2011. “Does not include DHS”. Where is the IRS?

    The stats do at least certainly make trends apparent. Thanks for a good post!

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