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Bureau of Justice Statistics Releases Findings on Campus Law Enforcement 2011-12 

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released their findings from a 2011-12 survey of 4-year colleges' and universities' law enforcement agencies. The survey covered a variety of topics such as: sworn and non-sworn officers on campus; officer jurisdiction (arrest and patrol); weapons authorization (lethal and less-than-lethal); and Clery Act and crime reporting.

Highlights include:
  • About 75% of the campuses were using armed officers, compared to 68% during the 2004-05 school year.
  • About 9 in 10 public campuses used sworn police officers (92%), compared to about 4 in 10 private campuses (38%).
  • Most sworn campus police officers were authorized to use a sidearm (94%), chemical or pepper spray (94%), and a baton (93%).
  • Most sworn campus police officers had arrest (86%) and patrol (81%) jurisdictions that extended beyond campus boundaries.
  • About 7 in 10 campus law enforcement agencies had a memorandum of understanding or other formal written agreement with outside law enforcement agencies.
The full survey findings are available for download on our website.  
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Building Communities of Trust 

Recent events in the U.S., such as those in Missouri and New York, serve as a reminder of the critical importance of building and maintaining strong relationships of trust between law enforcement/public safety leaders and the communities they serve.


Last week, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released a report from the IACP National Summit on Community-Police Relations: Advancing a Culture of Cohesion and Community Trust. This report was presented to the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing in hopes that the recommendations therein will aid the Task Force as they examine and strengthen community-police relations.


The report provides an overview of the summit structure, process, and background, and highlights information on community complexities; community policing background and the state of community-police relations today; conceptual elements of sustainable community-police relations; improving community-police relations; and recommended strategies and action steps for:

  • Law enforcement executives
  • Advocacy and community groups
  • Community and business leaders
  • Researchers and academic institutions
  • Policymakers

The Information Sharing Environment; Department of Homeland Security; Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; and the Nationwide SAR Initiative, published the  Building Communities of Trust (BCOT) Fact Sheet. This document provides information about the BCOT initiative; highlights outreach efforts; and provides resources to include guidance documents for community leaders and law enforcement, and the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.


Please visit our website  for more community relations resources, to include information for campus public safety and law enforcement officials.

Professional Development Opportunities


Title: Police and Campus Partnership in Addressing Campus Safety    

Host: National Training and Technical Assistance Center 

Supported By: Bureau of Justice Assistance and National Crime Prevention Council       

Dates: N/A - Online Podcast    

Location: Online Podcast 

Fee: Free
Information and Trainings

Title: Intelligence Writing and Briefing Conference   

Host: National White Collar Crime Center

Supported By: Federal Emergency Management Agency 

Dates: January 27-29, 2015   

Location: Fayetteville, NC   

Fee:  Free for state, local and tribal law enforcement
Information and Registration

Title: 2015 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum    

Host: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and National Center for Campus Public Safety

Dates: March 17-18, 2015   

Location: Portsmouth, VA     

Fee: Registration Fee
Information and Registration
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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