2018 Census of Law Enforcement Training Academies (CLETA)


The Census of Law Enforcement Training Academies (CLETA) is an on-going BJS data collection building upon the previous three iterations of the CLETA referencing 2013, 2006, and 2002. The 2018 CLETA will include approximately 750 state and local law enforcement academies in the United States offering basic recruit training during calendar year 2018. Data will be used to produce national-level estimates describing the basic training curricula, characteristics of trained recruits and instructor qualifications of these academies. BJS will also be able to compare the results with data from prior years to determine how training has changed over time. This data collection effort is endorsed by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) which has detailed its support in the letter linked here: CLETA Support Letter


The 2018 CLETA is now closed.

For more information, please contact Shelley Hyland, Program Manager at 202-616-1706 or Shelley.Hyland@usdoj.gov.



2018 CLETA Survey Schedule


Winter - Spring 2019

  • BJS will send a letter inviting law enforcement training academy directors to participate in CLETA
  • RTI will provide the director or point-of-contact with access to the survey website to allow review of survey items and submittion of data
  • Training academies will send their data to RTI either online or on paper


Summer - Fall 2019

  • Data quality will be assessed
  • Results will be processed and analyzed


Summer 2020

  • BJS will publish a report on the findings