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List of colors Making sense of a call number Liquor brands, drink recipes, bars and more | Police State: Growth Rate of Cops Exceeds Population Growth Kurt Nimmo The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released a report demonstrating the growth of police in the United States. The survey was conducted with agencies that participated in the 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies and the results were released by the Justice Department this month. Between 1992 and 2008 the numbers of police grew by 25 percent. In 2008 there were 705,000 full-time sworn officers employed in the United States. This represents an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent, which exceeds the 1.2 percent population growth rate in the United States, according to the survey. Law enforcement grew its ranks despite a significant decline in crime. Despite the decline in crime, police departments around the country are rapidly transforming into paramilitary organizations. In 2011 17,000+ federal, state and local agencies accepted more than $2.6 billion in donated military equipment, much of it used in Iraq and Afghanistan.