Index: Crime & Safety / Subcategory: Public Safety

Law Enforcement Coverage

Date updated: 11/14/2012

This measure represents the coverage of law enforcement agencies serving Larimer County. The personnel counted in these data are sworn officers, not civilian personnel, as of October 31, 2011.

What this chart shows: Ratio of Law Enforcement Officers* per 10 Square Miles of Jurisdiction, 2011

*Does not include Corrections Officers at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports

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What the above data tell us:

In 2011, Estes Park and Fort Collins had the highest ratios of law enforcement officers per 10 square miles of jurisdiction. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office ratio appears artificially low because the total County square mileage was used in calculating the ratio even though the Sheriff's Office only has primary jurisdiction in the unincorporated areas of the County.

What this chart shows: Ratio of Law Enforcement Officers* per 1,000 Residents in Larimer County, 2011

*Does not include Corrections Officers at the Larimer County Sheriff Office

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In 2011, Estes Park had the highest ratio of law enforcement officers to residents (2.92 per 1,000 population). The Larimer County Sheriff's Office ratio appears artificially low because the total county population was used in calculating the ratio even though the Sheriff's Office has primary jurisdiction in the unincorporated areas of the County. The remaining County law enforcement agencies had comparable officer/resident ratios, averaging about 1.43 law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents.

What this chart shows: Ratio of Law Enforcement Officers per 1,000 Residents - Fort Collins & Loveland Police Departments, 2002-2011

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports

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What the above data tell us: From 2002 to 2011, the ratio of police officers to population has remained relatively steady. During this same period, Loveland's ratio of police officers to population has been slightly higher than in Fort Collins.

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Data Tables:

Ratio of Larimer County Law Enforcement Officers per
10 Square Miles of Jurisdiction, 2011

Agency

Area per Square Miles

Number of Officers

Ratio of Officers
per 10 Square Miles of Jurisdiction

Larimer County Sheriff

2,640.0 160 0.6

Berthoud Police

7.6 8 10.5

Estes Park Police

6.0 19 31.7

Fort Collins Police

55.58 179 32.0

Loveland Police

34.99 90 25.7

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Ratio of Larimer County Law Enforcement Officers, 2011

Agency

Number of Officers

Population

Ratio per 1,000 Population

Larimer County Sheriff

160 298,870 .54

Berthoud Police

8 5,351 1.50

Estes Park Police

19 6,505 2.92

Fort Collins Police

179 140,158 1.28

Loveland Police

90 67,330 1.34

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Ratio of Law Enforcement Officers per 1,000 Residents -
Fort Collins & Loveland Police Departments

Year

Fort Collins

Loveland

2002

1.20 1.46

2003

1.22 1.43

2004

1.21 1.37

2005

1.19 1.36

2006

1.18 1.37

2007

1.20 1.40

2008

1.19 1.37

2009

1.23 1.39

2010

1.19 1.39

2011

1.28 1.34

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