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Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS): 1997 Sample Survey of Law Enforcement Agencies (ICPSR 2700) RSS

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Summary:

This survey, the fourth in the Bureau of Justice Statistics' program on Law Enforcement and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS), presents information on law enforcement agencies: state police, county police, special police (state and local), municipal police, and sheriff's departments. Variables include size of the population served by the police or sheriff's department, levels of employment and spending, various functions of the department, average salary levels for uniformed officers, policies and programs, and other matters related to management and personnel.

Series: Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS): 1997 Sample Survey of Law Enforcement Agencies. ICPSR02700-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-12-04. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02700.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   administration, budgets, law enforcement, law enforcement agencies, management, personnel, police departments, statistical data, wages and salaries, workers

Smallest Geographic Unit:   United States

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1997

Date of Collection:  

  • 1997-07--1998-07

Universe:   The universe for the 1997 SSLEA survey consists of agencies listed in the 1996 Directory Survey of Law Enforcement Agencies. The Directory includes all state and local law enforcement agencies that are publicly funded and employ at least one full-time or part-time sworn officer with general arrest powers.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:   The universe file used for sample selection contained 18,778 sheriff, municipal general-purpose police, county general-purpose police, state police, constable's office, tribal police, and special police agencies.

Mode of Data Collection:   self-enumerated questionnaire

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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Version History:

  • 2008-12-04 The study has been updated with the full suite of data formats and the codebook has received xml markups.

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