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Data Collection: Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies
Status: Active
Frequency: 1995, 2004-2005
Latest data available: 2004-2005

Provides data describing campus law enforcement agencies serving U.S. 4-year universities or colleges with 2,500 or more students. Also surveyed were 2-year institutions with 2,500 or more students and a sample of 4-year institutions with 1,000 to 2,499 students. Data were collected on personnel, functions, expenditures and pay, operations, equipment, computers and information systems, community policing activities, specialized units, and emergency preparedness activities.

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Data Experts

  • Brian Reaves, Statistician, BJS
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    Collection Period

    1995, 2004-2005

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    Documentation

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    Methodology

    Data were collected through the BJS 2011-2012 Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies. In preparation for the survey, a universe list of 4-year and 2-year campuses was compiled using the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The survey focused primarily on agencies serving 4-year institutions with 2,500 or more students. In addition, 2-year institutions with 2,500 or more students and a sample of 4-year institutions with 1,000 to 2,499 students were surveyed. Data were collected on personnel, functions, expenditures and pay, operations, equipment, computers and information systems, community policing activities, specialized units, and emergency preparedness activities.

    The 2011–12 survey was initially conducted as a web-only data collection. Later follow-up efforts provided respondents with fax and mail-in response options. The final overall response rate was 90% for the core survey group of agencies serving 4-year campuses with 2,500 or more students, with 776 of 861 potential respondents completing either the long or short version of the survey questionnaire.

    For agencies not responding to the long or short version of the survey questionnaire, 2 additional versions of the survey were added: a critical items version and a basic personnel version.

    The final data set for agencies serving 4-year campuses with 2,500 or more students includes 456 agencies that completed the long version of the survey questionnaire, 320 agencies that completed the short version, 22 agencies that completed the critical items version, and 63 agencies that provided only the basic personnel counts.

    Campus crime statistics were compiled using data from the BJS survey, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, and the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Security Statistics Website at http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.asp.

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    Publications & Products

    The following publications and products were generated by BJS using data from this collection.

    Campus Law Enforcement, 2011-12 Presents findings from a BJS survey of campus law enforcement agencies covering the 2011-12 academic year.
      Press Release | PDF (909K) | ASCII file (47K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 37K)
    Part of the Campus Law Enforcement Series

    Campuses with 24-hour patrol and emergency telephone access to law enforcement, 2004-05 Table 4 from Campus Law Enforcement, 2004-05 Special Report
      Download CSV file (Data Table 1 KB)


    Community policing activities of campus law enforcement agencies, 2004-05 Table 9 from Campus Law Enforcement, 2004-05
      Download CSV file (Data Table 2 KB)


    Community policing activities of campus law enforcement agencies 2004-05 Table 9 from Campus Law Enforcement, 2004-05
      Download CSV file (Data Table 2 KB)


    Campus Law Enforcement, 2004-05 Presents findings from a BJS survey of campus law enforcement agencies serving 4-year colleges and universities with 2,500 or more students.
      PDF (192K) | ASCII file (33K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 33K) | To order paper version
    Part of the Campus Law Enforcement Series

    Campus Law Enforcement Agencies, 1995 Presents data collected from nearly 600 campus law enforcement agencies serving 4-year colleges and universities with 2,500 or more students.
      Press Release (4K) | PDF (750K) | ASCII file (150K) | Supporting spreadsheets for Appendices A-E (Spreadsheet 20K) | Supporting spreadsheets for Figures 1-11 (Spreadsheet 15K) | Codebooks and Datasets | To order paper version
    Part of the Campus Law Enforcement Series

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