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NCJ Number: 248767 Find in a Library
Title: Local Police Departments, 2013: Equipment and Technology
Author(s): Brian A. Reaves
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2015
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF (Summary)|PDF (Full Report)|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic) ; Statistics; Survey
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2013 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey to describe the equipment (such as nonlethal weapons and body armor) and technology (such as video cameras, license plate readers, and websites) used by local police departments.
Abstract: The survey found that the percentage of local police departments that authorized their officers to use conducted energy weapons, such as Tasers, increased from 60 percent in 2007 to 81 percent in 2013. The percentage of departments that require officers to wear protective armor at all times increased from 65 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2013. From 2007 to 2013, the percentage of departments using in-car video cameras increased from 61 percent to 68 percent. Approximately 32 percent of departments used body-worn cameras in 2013. About one in six departments used automated vehicle license plate readers in 2013, including a majority of those departments serving a population of 25,000 or more. Also, departments serving 25.000 or more residents provided patrol officers with in-field computerized access to vehicle records, driving records, and outstanding warrants. Of departments serving 10,000 or more residents, just over 90 percent had their own websites and just over 80 percent used social media. Approximately 60 percent of departments made crime statistics available to citizens electronically, including just over 90 percent of those serving 25,000 or more residents. The LEMAS Survey collects data from a nationally representative sample of State and local law enforcement agencies. The LEMAS Survey that preceded the 2013 survey was conducted in 2007. 6 figures and 24 tables
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Automated License Plate Scanning; BJS Resources; Body armor/Personal protective equipment; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Police department surveys; Police in-car video systems; Police statistics; Tasers; Technology transfer
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