Survey of Law Enforcement Personnel in Schools (SLEPS) Overview
The Survey of Law Enforcement Personnel in Schools (SLEPS) is a new data collection through which BJS will gather national-level data on the extent of law enforcement involvement in the nation’s K-12 public schools and the typical roles and responsibilities of officers working in these schools. SLEPS employs a two-phase approach, first surveying a sample of approximately 2,000 law enforcement agencies and requesting a roster of officers working in schools. The roster will be used for the second phase, in which an officer sample will be drawn for participation in the officer-level survey.
A printable copy of the 2019 SLEPS LEA survey is available for download here.
This data collection effort is endorsed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) which has detailed its support in the letter linked here: SLEPS Support Letter
Please click 'Login to the SLEPS site' to complete the SLEPS survey.
SLEPS Survey Schedule
Fall 2019 – Winter 2020
- BJS will send a letter inviting law enforcement agencies to participate in SLEPS
- Agencies will be asked to complete the SLEPS agency survey and provide a roster of their officers working in schools, to be used to draw an officer sample for the officer-level survey
- RTI and PERF will manage access to the survey website and collect the survey data and officer rosters
Winter 2020 – Winter 2021
- RTI will use the officer rosters provided by agencies to draw the officer sample
- As needed, RTI will verify officer rosters due to COVID-19 related delays in conducting the SRO survey.
- BJS will send out a letter inviting officers to participate in the SLEPS
- RTI and PERF will manage access to the survey website and collect the survey data
Winter 2021 - Summer 2021
- Results will be processed and analyzed
Fall 2021 - Winter 2022
- BJS will publish reports on the findings