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BJS Releases School Resource Officers, 2019–2020

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BJS Releases School Resource Officers, 2019–2020

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, today released School Resource Officers, 2019–2020. This report presents data on school resource officers, which are sworn law enforcement officers assigned to work in any public K–12 school.

The report provides details on demographics and certification of school resource officers by the type of law enforcement agency that employs them. It also describes law enforcement, mentoring, and teaching activities performed by the officers. The report discusses equipment typically carried and training received by the officers.

“This report represents the results of the first-ever BJS survey of sworn officers. When BJS surveyed school resource officers, 69% reported that they had responded to an incident in a classroom within the past 30 days,” said Kevin M. Scott, PhD, acting director of BJS.


School Resource Officers, 2019–2020 (NCJ 307334)

Author: Elizabeth J. Davis, BJS Statistician

About the Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Kevin M. Scott, PhD, is the acting director. More information about BJS and criminal justice statistics can be found at

About the Office of Justice Programs

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime; advance equity and fairness in the administration of justice; assist victims; and uphold the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at


CONTACT: OJP Media at [email protected]

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