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Digest of Education Statistics: 2017
Digest of Education Statistics: 2017

NCES 2018-070
January 2018


Table 233.74b. Among public schools with any sworn law enforcement officers present at school at least once a week, percentage with officers participating in selected activities, by type of activity, school level, and selected school characteristics: 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School level and characteristic Among schools with sworn law enforcement officers present, percent with officers participating in activity
Motor vehicle traffic control Security enforcement and patrol Maintaining school discipline Coordinating with local police and emergency team(s) Identifying problems in the school and proactively seeking solutions Training teachers and staff in school safety or crime prevention Mentoring students Teaching a law-related education course or training students1 Recording or reporting discipline problems to school authorities Providing information to school authorities about legal definitions2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
All primary schools3 with
      sworn law enforcement
      officers present
58.6   (3.96) 67.4   (3.20) 43.3   (3.51) 73.3   (2.68) 63.6   (3.18) 45.4   (4.07) 59.5   (3.30) 31.0   (3.21) 50.1   (3.58) 48.8   (3.35)
                                                             
Enrollment size                                                            
Less than 300   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
300 to 499 53.7   (7.13) 68.6   (5.64) 43.8   (6.87) 72.5   (5.83) 66.6   (6.45) 47.2   (7.40) 62.1   (6.02) 31.1   (6.45) 55.3   (6.33) 55.0   (6.71)
500 to 999 63.1   (5.67) 68.3   (4.52) 48.9   (4.96) 79.1   (3.70) 63.0   (4.61) 44.1   (4.65) 58.3   (4.72) 29.7   (4.40) 51.7   (5.29) 50.0   (4.14)
1,000 or more   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                             
Locale                                                            
City 49.0   (7.11) 54.1   (6.55) 34.8   (6.31) 54.1   (6.84) 60.1   (7.64) 32.0   (7.84) 60.8   (6.88) 29.7   (6.63) 48.2   (8.34) 36.4   (8.47)
Suburban 67.8   (6.21) 71.9   (5.94) 41.7   (5.82) 84.0   (3.85) 64.8   (4.98) 54.0   (5.86) 55.6   (5.48) 36.1   (5.74) 45.7   (5.80) 48.9   (5.90)
Town 70.6   (9.61) 75.4   (7.59) 50.2   (9.58) 82.0   (8.45) 67.6   (9.59) 44.2   (9.50) 44.8   (10.28) 17.4 ! (7.52) 55.0   (8.71) 56.8   (9.57)
Rural 46.4   (8.45) 69.2   (6.95) 49.6   (7.40) 71.3   (7.21) 62.6   (7.07) 47.4   (6.46) 74.2   (7.15) 34.6   (7.08) 55.3   (6.12) 56.0   (6.18)
                                                             
Percent combined enrollment of
      Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific
      Islander, and American Indian/
      Alaska Native students, and
      students of Two or more races
                                                           
Less than 5 percent   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
5 to less than 20 percent 49.7   (7.66) 65.1   (6.23) 34.6   (6.93) 80.4   (5.96) 68.7   (6.03) 47.9   (6.89) 54.0   (6.99) 32.5   (6.42) 57.8   (6.48) 55.3   (7.31)
20 to less than 50 percent 65.3   (8.32) 73.1   (7.26) 47.1   (7.22) 74.0   (6.95) 62.1   (8.21) 51.0   (8.17) 58.9   (8.63) 24.7   (6.18) 45.0   (7.74) 46.1   (7.90)
50 percent or more 61.7   (5.14) 65.6   (5.30) 45.3   (4.73) 71.1   (5.18) 64.3   (5.05) 43.5   (6.36) 63.0   (6.26) 34.0   (5.19) 48.1   (5.06) 47.1   (5.57)
                                                             
Percent of students eligible for
      free or reduced-price lunch
                                                           
0 to 25 percent   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
26 to 50 percent 65.5   (8.25) 64.3   (6.41) 38.3   (7.29) 66.2   (7.34) 61.5   (6.54) 46.7   (7.45) 58.4   (6.79) 23.5   (5.76) 50.8   (7.72) 57.2   (7.63)
51 to 75 percent 59.3   (7.10) 74.5   (5.62) 52.2   (6.18) 81.6   (5.38) 63.2   (6.53) 47.2   (6.72) 63.4   (4.98) 44.3   (7.45) 45.3   (6.64) 50.5   (6.72)
76 to 100 percent 56.9   (6.35) 67.4   (6.30) 47.6   (5.06) 64.6   (6.43) 69.9   (5.70) 37.2   (7.41) 63.0   (7.26) 27.2   (7.33) 55.7   (5.83) 46.2   (6.92)
                                                             
Percent of students who are
      Limited English Proficient (LEP)
                                                           
0 to 5 percent 57.4   (5.29) 63.5   (5.06) 42.5   (5.53) 71.5   (4.76) 61.6   (5.66) 46.3   (6.17) 54.1   (4.97) 23.3   (4.33) 50.2   (4.86) 47.2   (5.22)
6 to 20 percent 65.5   (7.88) 73.7   (7.71) 36.8   (5.21) 82.0   (5.26) 62.5   (7.01) 50.1   (6.20) 64.6   (7.43) 42.5   (6.62) 48.3   (8.27) 43.8   (8.17)
21 to 100 percent 54.1   (7.58) 68.6   (5.63) 50.7   (6.40) 68.4   (6.39) 68.2   (6.73) 39.3   (7.36) 64.1   (8.37) 34.0   (7.01) 51.8   (6.74) 56.4   (7.15)
                                                             
All secondary schools4 with
      sworn law enforcement
      officers present
74.7   (1.48) 87.8   (1.24) 63.3   (1.58) 93.0   (0.88) 80.9   (1.15) 57.1   (1.72) 68.3   (1.71) 37.3   (1.70) 79.0   (1.42) 81.5   (1.35)
                                                             
Enrollment size                                                            
Less than 300 76.7   (7.00) 89.1   (5.97) 53.4   (7.93) 95.8   (2.33) 72.7   (6.83) 51.7   (7.13) 55.0   (7.65) 30.6   (6.19) 71.8   (6.56) 69.1   (5.55)
300 to 499 63.2   (4.13) 75.1   (4.00) 58.0   (4.68) 83.2   (3.53) 70.2   (4.42) 54.5   (3.90) 55.7   (4.95) 33.8   (4.14) 70.4   (4.97) 72.9   (3.22)
500 to 999 76.4   (1.93) 88.2   (1.40) 64.9   (2.34) 93.4   (1.16) 81.0   (1.91) 57.2   (2.39) 70.8   (2.27) 40.2   (2.83) 78.8   (2.29) 81.9   (2.01)
1,000 or more 78.7   (2.40) 94.4   (0.95) 68.5   (2.07) 97.2   (0.59) 90.5   (1.17) 60.7   (2.41) 77.8   (1.97) 38.4   (2.43) 87.1   (1.68) 90.8   (1.45)
                                                             
Locale                                                            
City 66.5   (3.56) 88.3   (2.07) 65.9   (2.98) 91.7   (1.47) 80.4   (2.41) 50.1   (3.50) 66.9   (3.29) 30.8   (3.16) 82.4   (2.21) 81.7   (2.77)
Suburban 75.5   (2.46) 86.9   (1.91) 65.0   (2.08) 94.9   (1.16) 83.6   (2.07) 59.7   (2.78) 71.4   (2.18) 42.0   (2.34) 81.4   (2.19) 83.5   (1.77)
Town 79.7   (3.40) 93.5   (2.50) 60.7   (4.52) 94.4   (1.65) 80.6   (3.22) 60.3   (4.72) 66.1   (4.58) 34.8   (4.41) 76.4   (4.40) 83.0   (3.12)
Rural 78.9   (3.13) 85.1   (3.02) 60.3   (4.14) 91.1   (2.53) 78.2   (3.44) 58.9   (4.00) 67.1   (4.78) 39.4   (3.84) 74.1   (3.95) 77.7   (3.36)
                                                             
Percent combined enrollment of
      Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific
      Islander, and American Indian/
      Alaska Native students, and
      students of Two or more races
                                                           
Less than 5 percent 73.7   (7.61) 82.7   (8.13) 68.8   (9.13) 85.3   (6.09) 79.8   (6.70) 51.5   (9.18) 67.9   (8.74) 42.8   (7.96) 71.3   (8.91) 74.7   (9.08)
5 to less than 20 percent 77.6   (2.74) 86.2   (2.11) 57.7   (3.38) 94.4   (1.37) 77.9   (3.14) 67.3   (3.04) 64.9   (3.66) 43.5   (3.26) 75.0   (3.79) 79.7   (2.98)
20 to less than 50 percent 81.2   (2.35) 90.5   (1.78) 62.8   (3.30) 94.9   (1.69) 85.1   (2.40) 61.4   (2.77) 75.0   (2.81) 42.2   (3.18) 80.9   (2.98) 85.1   (1.54)
50 percent or more 68.5   (3.03) 87.9   (2.07) 66.6   (2.77) 92.1   (1.30) 80.3   (2.00) 48.2   (2.80) 66.1   (2.50) 28.9   (2.28) 81.6   (1.69) 81.3   (1.80)
                                                             
Percent of students eligible for
      free or reduced-price lunch
                                                           
0 to 25 percent 76.9   (3.05) 82.6   (3.20) 51.8   (3.54) 90.9   (2.56) 82.6   (2.26) 63.1   (3.25) 66.2   (2.90) 51.6   (3.96) 75.8   (3.98) 78.1   (3.86)
26 to 50 percent 75.1   (2.79) 86.8   (2.12) 64.8   (2.81) 93.5   (1.55) 82.3   (2.10) 62.7   (3.20) 72.5   (2.52) 36.9   (2.96) 82.7   (1.83) 85.9   (2.49)
51 to 75 percent 76.0   (2.55) 90.8   (2.08) 65.1   (3.48) 93.2   (1.39) 80.9   (2.60) 55.8   (3.68) 69.7   (3.21) 36.1   (3.06) 74.4   (2.84) 79.1   (2.46)
76 to 100 percent 70.9   (3.52) 89.2   (3.18) 68.5   (4.10) 93.7   (1.62) 77.9   (3.39) 47.6   (3.88) 63.0   (3.95) 28.2   (4.23) 83.0   (2.75) 82.0   (2.88)
                                                             
Percent of students who are
      Limited English Proficient (LEP)
                                                           
0 to 5 percent 74.7   (1.82) 85.7   (1.83) 61.7   (2.38) 92.7   (1.31) 80.3   (1.83) 58.9   (2.08) 67.0   (2.34) 40.0   (2.14) 76.9   (2.02) 80.7   (1.91)
6 to 20 percent 75.3   (2.79) 91.0   (1.63) 66.7   (3.02) 92.9   (1.48) 82.8   (2.29) 56.4   (3.62) 74.0   (2.61) 31.4   (2.94) 81.4   (2.35) 84.8   (2.22)
21 to 100 percent 73.4   (5.72) 92.9   (2.28) 65.6   (5.76) 94.8   (1.95) 80.3   (4.60) 47.9   (5.19) 61.9   (5.41) 35.2   (5.09) 85.6   (3.45) 78.1   (4.95)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 The questionnaire provided the following examples of courses or training: drug-related education, criminal law, or crime prevention courses.
2 The questionnaire provided the following example of providing information about legal definitions for recording or reporting purposes: defining assault for school authorities.
3 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8.
4 Secondary schools include both middle and high schools as well as combined schools. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 12. Combined schools have any combination of grades (including K-12) that is not defined specifically as primary, middle, or high school.
NOTE: Sworn law enforcement officers include School Resource Officers as well as other sworn law enforcement officers who are not School Resource Officers. School Resource Officers are sworn law enforcement officers with arrest authority who have specialized training and are assigned to work in collaboration with school organizations. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. "At school" was defined to include activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2016. (This table was prepared September 2017.)