Volunteer for BJS R&D Research


BJS strives to examine emerging issues and track important historical trends related to the field of law enforcement. This helps to ensure that the data requested from law enforcement agencies and the reports generated from the various surveys the Bureau conducts align with the needs and concerns of law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

To support this effort, BJS periodically seeks input from practitioners on survey content, data collection methods, and response burden. Input is typically gathered through expert panels and other group meetings and through discussions focused on draft survey questions. Volunteers have a unique opportunity to help BJS determine how best to implement surveys, ultimately impacting the accuracy of BJS’s law enforcement statistics. Each request for volunteers varies, but typical participation involves either attending a virtual or in-person meeting or reviewing or completing a survey and scheduling a 30- to 60-minute phone call with one of BJS’s researchers to discuss the survey.

If you or your agency might be willing to participate in one of our future volunteer efforts, please complete the contact form below. If you complete the contact form, BJS or a BJS contractor may contact you in the future to request your assistance in a volunteer effort. By submitting the form, you are indicating that you might be interested in volunteering but doing so is not a commitment and you may accept or decline any future invitations to volunteer. Thank you for your consideration of this request.