Why is LEMAS important?

LEMAS is the only survey of law enforcement agencies that gathers nationally representative information about agencies on key factors like personnel, policies, and agency activities. LEMAS data are widely used by researchers, policy makers and law enforcement agencies to understand law enforcement at local, county, state and national levels. 

What information does the LEMAS collect?

The LEMAS core collects important information on personnel, expenditures and pay, operations, equipment, computers and information systems, and policies and procedures. This information is used to create national estimates for all law enforcement agencies in the U.S. The LEMAS supplements will collect in-depth information on a specific topical area. The first supplement focuses on body-worn camera usage.

Why have I received multiple LEMAS surveys recently?

The LEMAS is moving to a new core + topical supplement model. Topical supplements will cover emerging issues in law enforcement and will change over time. You have just completed the first LEMAS topical supplement which covered body-worn camera usage. You may also be invited to participate in the 2016 LEMAS core this fall. In 2017, you may be invited to participate in the 2017 Body-Worn Camera Supplement as we will be using this survey to assess changes in attitudes towards and usage of BWCs over time.

Do I need to complete the LEMAS if I recently completed a different LEMAS survey?

Yes! The LEMAS core and supplements are critically important to understanding characteristics, policies and procedures of law enforcement agencies across the country. Each agency that was selected to participate is crucial – each agency’s responses are important. We need responses from all selected agencies for each survey sent to ensure that the results are representative of law enforcement agencies across the U.S.