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

 

2019 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 – Summer 2020

  • RTI will use the officer rosters provided by agencies to draw the officer sample
  • 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

 

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

  • Results will be processed and analyzed

 

Summer 2021

  • BJS will publish a report on the findings