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CSLLEA FAQs

CLETA FAQs

SLEPS FAQs

LEMAS FAQs

 

CSLLEA FAQs

What is CSLLEA?

The Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA) is part of the Law Enforcement Core Statistics (LECS) program which coordinates a group of law enforcement agency surveys conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). BJS is working with RTI International, a nonprofit research organization, and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to administer the CSLLEA. BJS has administered the CSLLEA regularly since 1986. The next CSLLEA will begin administration in fall 2018. The primary purpose of the CSLLEA is to serve as a complete enumeration of law enforcement agencies in the United States. 

Why is CSLLEA important?

LEAs face unique challenges in areas such as staffing, number and types of functions performed, and budget allocation. The CSLLEA is the only national data collection that asks every law enforcement agency in the nation about these issues. These data are used by various stakeholders in order to better understand the current state of law enforcement. Additionally, the data can be used by law enforcement agencies in order to compare themselves to other similar agencies in the U.S. 

What information does the CSLLEA collect?

The CSLLEA collects information on government authority, budget, functions, and personnel. The information is used to provide national, state and local estimates for all law enforcement agencies in the U.S. This data is also used to pull samples for other BJS data collections. 

Who should complete the CSLLEA?

Any law enforcement agency operating with public funds that employs the equivalent of one full-time sworn officer (at least 2 part-time officers) should complete the CSLLEA. 

Agencies meeting any of the following would not complete the CSLLEA: that are no longer in existence, contracted or outsourced all law enforcement services to another agency, employed only part-time officers and the total combined hours worked for these officers averaged less than 35 hours per week, all officers in the agency were unpaid volunteers, all officers in the agency were paid via fee-for-service and not salary, agency was private or agency was operated by the Federal government. 

 

CLETA FAQs

Why is CLETA important?

The 2018 CLETA is the only systematic data collection that produces national estimates on the characteristics of academies that train all state and local law enforcement officers. Law enforcement agencies, policy makers, and researchers will use the CLETA data to better understand and respond to the training need of law enforcement personnel. 

What information does CLETA collect?

In addition to general information describing each academy, the CLETA collects detailed information on personnel, resources, core curriculum, trainees, policies and practices of state and local law enforcement training academies. 

What is the definition of basic law enforcement training for the purposes of CLETA?

Basic law enforcement training is defined as the mandatory training for newly appointed or elected law enforcement officers as required by federal or state statute, rule, or regulation, depending upon the jurisdiction of the agency hiring the new officer.

 

SLEPS FAQs

What is SLEPS?

The Survey of Law Enforcement Personnel in Schools (SLEPS) is a two-phase research effort to examine the prevalence and role of law enforcement officers in schools. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is working with RTI International (RTI), a not-for-profit research organization, to conduct this important data collection. During the first phase, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) complete an agency-level survey and provide a roster of their officers working in schools. BJS and RTI will use these rosters to draw a sample of School Resource Officers (SROs) for the second phase, which is an officer-level survey.

Why is SLEPS important?

The most recent, publicly available data about the scope and duties of law enforcement personnel who work in schools is nearly 10 years old. Data collected through SLEPS will generate statistics describing the scope, size, characteristics, and functions of law enforcement personnel who work in schools.

What information does SLEPS collect?

The LEA survey collects general information including (1) LEA characteristics; (2) SRO program characteristics; (3) SRO policies and responsibilities; (4) SRO recruitment, training, and supervision; (5) SRO staffing; (6) sworn SRO training topics and activities performed; and (7) non-sworn SRO training topics and activities performed. The final piece of the agency-level survey is the rostering form, which asks for a list of sworn SROs.

The SRO survey collects officer-level information including (1) SRO characteristics; (2) SRO training; (3) SRO activities; and (4) characteristics of the schools that SROs are assigned to.

What is the definition of a SRO for the purposes of SLEPS?

Any officer who is primarily assigned to any public K-12 school, regardless of sworn status, arrest powers, and employment status (full-time or part-time).

What is a pretest?

BJS is conducting the SLEPS pretest with a small sample of LEAs before conducting a larger, national data collection. The pretest provides the opportunity for BJS to refine the surveys and data collection approach based on (1) feedback gathered from LEAs; (2) feedback gathered from SROs; and (3) the overall data collection experiences before implementing with a nationally representative sample of LEAs.

 

LEMAS FAQs

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 might I receive multiple LEMAS surveys?

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 may have participated in the first LEMAS topical supplement which covered body-worn camera usage. You may have also been invited to participate in the 2016 LEMAS core. BJS is currently working on revising the LEMAS for 2020 and may administer a different LEMAS supplement (TBD) in 2021.

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.