LEMAS Overview

The Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey has historically been conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics approximately every four years. The core survey is the most systematic and comprehensive source of national data on law enforcement. Approximately 3,500 agencies are randomly selected to participate in this survey. Agencies with more than 100 full-time sworn personnel are always selected into the sample.

In 2016, BJS implemented  a new core and topical supplement model. Topical supplements will cover new and developing issues that are of national interest to law enforcement. You may get more than one survey this year as we transition to this enhanced approach.

Download a PDF with more information on the 2016 LEMAS Core Survey

The LEMAS 2016 Core Survey is now closed.

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



2016 LEMAS Core Survey Schedule



Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

·    BJS will send out a letter inviting law enforcement chief executives to participate in the LEMAS core survey

·    Chief executives invited to participate in the LEMAS core survey will be asked to designate a point of contact who will complete the survey

·    RTI and PERF will provide LEAs with access to the survey website and collect the survey data

Summer 2017 - Summer 2018

·   Results will be processed and analyzed

·   BJS and RTI will draft a report on survey findings

Summer 2018 - Spring 2019

·   BJS will publish preliminary survey findings