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FY2015 Law Enforcement Core Statistics Program (LECS)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,500,445)

The Law Enforcement Core Statistics Program (LECS) will incorporate three of BJS’ core statistical programs: Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS), Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA), and Census of Federal Law Enforcement Organizations (FLEO). The LEMAS has been conducted every 3-4 years since 1987, while the CSLLEA has been conducted regularly since 1992. The CSLLEA enumerates all publically funded state, county and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) operating in the United States and provides complete personnel counts. The LEMAS is based on a nationally-representative sample of approximately 3,000 agencies, and provides the most systematic and comprehensive source on law enforcement expenditures and pay, operations, equipment, information systems and policies and procedures. The FLEO has been conducted every 2 years from 1993-2008 and then concurrently with the CSLLEA in 2014. The FLEO enumerates all federal LEAs (approximately 110) operating in the United States. The goal of the LECS is to provide accurate and timely national statistics about the personnel, operations, policies, and procedures of federal, state, county, and local LEAs, with a particular focus on measuring agency performance. Furthermore, the LECS will unify these once distinct programs under one umbrella to increase efficiency and cohesiveness of these core programs.

BJS awarded funding to the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) to develop an overall program that incorporates the following tasks: (1) manage the 51-month project, (2) field the LEMAS in 2016, (3) field a LEMAS supplement in 2017 on law enforcement agencies use of body-worn cameras, (4) field the CSLLEA and the FLEO in 2018, (5) develop and test a set of LEMAS supplemental survey instruments, and (6) disseminate findings to the public through research reports and a BJS web-based analytic data tool. RTI developed a comprehensive plan to meet these project tasks and identified a number of ways in which the similarities across programs could be leveraged to produce a better set of deliverables than the programs could on their own.

Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined by applicable law.


Date Created: September 17, 2015