Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS): 1999 Sample Survey of Law Enforcement Agencies

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
administration; budgets; law enforcement; law enforcement agencies; management; personnel; police departments; statistical data; wages and salaries; workers
  • Abstract

    This survey, the fourth in the Bureau of Justice Statistics' program on Law Enforcement Management 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.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1999
  • 1999-07 / 2000-07
    Collection date: 1999-07--2000-07
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The universe for the 1999 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. Smallest Geographic Unit: United States
For sampling purposes, the law enforcement agencies were separated into two groups: self-representing (SR) and non-self-representing (NSR) agencies. All state police or agencies with 100 or more sworn full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are SR. All remaining agencies in sheriff's department, local police, and special police categories are NSR.;
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted self interview (CASI), self-enumerated questionnaire

2008-12-09 The dataset was updated to include the full product suite and the codebook has been modified as well.2001-06-29 ICPSR modified the personnel data for the Portland, Oregon, police department as requested by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3079 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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