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Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Law Enforcement Core Statistics (LECS) Program

For over 30 years, BJS has been the authoritative source for national statistics regarding the personnel, operations, policies, and procedures of law enforcement agencies. These data are primarily collected through two core law enforcement data collection programs: the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) core and supplement surveys and the Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA).

Through the Law Enforcement...

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement describes the agencies and employees responsible for enforcing laws, maintaining public order, and managing public safety. The primary duties of law enforcement include the investigation, apprehension, and detention of individuals suspected of criminal offenses. Some law enforcement agencies, particularly sheriffs' offices, also have a significant role in the detention of individuals convicted of criminal offenses.

BJS maintains several national data collections, covering federal...

BJS Proposes Data Collection Reinstatement and Update: 2018 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until January 16, 2018, on a data collection reinstatement and update: 2018 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget, published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the...