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BJS announces 60-day notice for proposed New Collection: Body Worn Camera Supplement (BWCS) to the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey
The Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages comments for 60 days until October 30, 2015, on a proposed New Collection: Body Worn Camera Supplement (BWCS) to the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey.
Your comments to BJS’s requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address one or more of the following four points —

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.


Apply Now: BJS Statistician Vacancy
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking highly motivated statisticians to carry out statistical collections in criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. Job duties include consulting and collaborating with criminal justice agency representatives; performing various statistical collection activities; applying statistical theories, techniques, and methods; and preparing a variety of models, surveys, and measurements. BJS’s mission is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. To see the full job announcement and apply, click here.

Key Statistics
Key Statistics is a new feature on this website. It provides easy access to trend data from BJS's core data collections. The first Key Statistics release is on U.S. correctional populations, and includes data on offenders held in state prisons, federal prisons, and local jails, and those supervised in the community through probation or parole agencies. Trend data on executions are also included. Future Key Statistics releases will cover topics such as criminal victimization, law enforcement, courts, employment and expenditure, and background checks and firearm sales. Each Key Statistic includes a description, table, and graph, along with links to related information on the website, including publications that include the statistics, data sources, and any available data analysis tools.



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