2002, 2006, 2013, 2018
The CLETA gathers information on recruits, staff, training curricula, equipment, and facilities from training academies that are responsible for administering mandatory basic training to newly appointed or elected law enforcement officers. These academies are operated by state, county, and municipal agencies and by universities, colleges, and technical schools. Academies that provided only in-service training were excluded from CLETA.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) conducted the 2018 Census of Law Enforcement Training Academies (CLETA). A frame of state and local law enforcement training academies was compiled based on the 2013 CLETA and supplemented by web searches to identify other potentially relevant agencies. A total of 769 academies were identified and contacted through the 2018 CLETA, 88 of which provided responses that excluded them from the analysis. The academies were found ineligible because they did not offer basic training, no longer operated, or were duplicates in the frame, or because of some other known reason. As a result, there were 681 potentially eligible academies. Of these, 615 were deemed complete cases (cases in which respondents answered 66% or more of critical items on the survey instrument) The overall response rate was 90% and the response rate for all 11 types of academy were higher than 84%.