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Data Collection: Census of Law Enforcement Training Academies
Status: Active
Frequency: Every four years since 2002
Latest data available: 2008

Collects data on the number and types of staff employed at training facilities, budgets, sources of funds, number of officers trained, and policies and practices. In addition to basic organizational data, the survey collects information on training curriculum issues critical to current law enforcement policy development.

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Data Experts

  • Brian Reaves, Statistician, BJS
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    Collection Period

    2002, 2006

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    Questionnaires

    Census of Law Enforcement Training Academies
    2006 PDF (76K) | 2002 PDF (273K)
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    Methodology

    For the 2006 data collection, a master list of law enforcement training academies operating in the United States was compiled from a variety of sources, including professional associations, state law enforcement training organizations, and existing BJS law enforcement data collections. An initial screening verified telephone number, mailing address, and other academy contact information.

    The 2006 survey instrument was subsequently mailed to 734 academies. After the initial mailing, 13 additional academies were added, resulting in a total of 747 academies receiving the survey. During the course of survey administration, 99 academies were determined to be out of scope because they did not conduct basic law enforcement training during the study reference period.

    Of the 648 academies finally determined to be eligible to receive the survey, all but one responded to all (or nearly all) of the questions. A majority (54.3%) of the responses were received by mail. About a third (34.2%) were submitted electronically through the survey website, and 11.4% were transmitted by fax.

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    Publications & Products

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

    Operating expenditures of state and local law enforcement training academies, by type of operating agency, FY 2005 Table 9 from State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies, 2006
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    Types of instructors in state and local law enforcement training academies, 2006 Table 3 from State and Local Enforcement Training Academies, 2006
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    State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies, 2006 Presents findings from the 2006 BJS Census of Law Enforcement Training Academies, updating the results of the initial census conducted in 2002.
      Press Release | PDF (163K) | ASCII file (31K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 27K) | To order paper version


    State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies, 2002 Presents data on personnel, facilities and resources, trainees, and training curricula of law enforcement academies in the United States.
      PDF (50K) | ASCII file (638K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 33K) | Codebooks and Datasets | To order paper version


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