Local Police Departments 1997   [open pdf - 268KB]

"During 1997, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), as a part of its Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) program, surveyed a nationally representative sample of the nearly 19,000 State and local law enforcement agencies operating nationwide. Previous LEMAS surveys were conducted in 1987, 1990, and 1993. This report presents data from the 1997 survey describing the more than 13,000 local police departments operating in the United States in terms of their personnel, expenditures and pay, operations, community policing initiatives, equipment, computers and information systems, and written policies. Comparisons are made with prior years where appropriate. Nearly all local police departments are operated by municipal (86%) or township (13%) governments. As of 1997, about 100 local police departments were operated by tribal governments, and approximately 50 by county governments. The 1997 LEMAS survey questionnaire was mailed to 3,597 State and local law enforcement agencies, including all 968 agencies with 100 or more sworn officers […]. The overall response rate was 94.9%. Among local police departments, 2,012 of 2,097 surveys were returned for a 95.9% response rate."

Report Number:
NCJ 173429
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Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/
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