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 schools and the typical roles and responsibilities of officers working in these schools. The SLEPS employs a two-phase approach, first surveying a sample of 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.
BJS completed the SLEPS pre-test to refine the surveys and data collection methods in May 2018. BJS will launch the SLEPS national collection in fall 2019 using the same two phased approach. A stratified random sample of law enforcement agencies employing one or more full-time sworn officers that work in K-12 schools will be asked to complete the agency-level survey. Officers from these participating agencies will then be invited to complete the officer-level survey.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Davis, Program Manager, at 202-305-2667 or Elizabeth.Davis@usdoj.gov