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Table 233.72. Among public schools with any sworn law enforcement officers present at school at least once a week, percentage with officers present at specific times and percentage with any officers present for all instructional hours every day, by school level, times present, and selected school characteristics: 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School characteristic Among primary schools1  with sworn law enforcement officers present, percent reporting that officers were Among secondary schools2  with sworn law enforcement officers present, percent reporting that officers were
Present at specific times at least once a week3 Present for all instructional hours every day3 Present at specific times at least once a week3 Present for all instructional hours every day3
At any time during school hours While students were arriving or leaving At selected school activities4 When school/ school activities were not occurring At any time during school hours While students were arriving or leaving At selected school activities4 When school/ school activities were not occurring
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Total 84.8   (2.52) 66.9   (3.80) 60.2   (4.00) 37.1   (3.63) 13.4   (2.43) 96.5   (0.65) 88.3   (1.23) 86.8   (1.39) 45.2   (1.77) 45.8   (1.85)
                                                             
Enrollment size                                                            
Less than 300   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 93.0   (2.92) 83.0   (6.24) 84.6   (4.60) 59.3   (6.30) 38.8   (7.42)
300 to 499 89.5   (3.94) 67.8   (7.39) 64.4   (6.74) 39.2   (6.11) 10.9 ! (4.35) 94.9   (2.46) 81.6   (3.97) 79.9   (4.49) 39.1   (3.95) 30.9   (4.02)
500 to 999 80.3   (4.16) 69.7   (4.89) 64.0   (4.84) 39.6   (4.66) 18.2   (3.69) 96.3   (0.94) 87.9   (1.42) 85.2   (1.42) 39.8   (2.28) 41.2   (2.29)
1,000 or more   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 99.2   (0.45) 94.8   (0.92) 94.0   (1.31) 50.4   (2.12) 63.3   (2.15)
                                                             
Locale                                                            
City 81.2   (5.80) 66.1   (6.96) 57.2   (7.67) 23.1 ! (7.79) 9.8 ! (4.70) 97.8   (1.00) 88.9   (2.03) 85.0   (2.73) 47.3   (2.99) 55.0   (3.36)
Suburban 87.0   (4.31) 70.7   (5.72) 58.1   (5.96) 44.6   (5.80) 11.8 ! (3.87) 96.7   (0.91) 91.1   (1.42) 85.9   (1.69) 39.5   (2.41) 47.4   (2.21)
Town 85.0   (6.81) 78.4   (8.84) 71.8   (8.44) 37.0   (8.71) 32.8   (7.97) 96.3   (1.64) 89.4   (2.56) 90.1   (2.48) 45.6   (4.63) 37.6   (3.50)
Rural 85.3   (4.54) 54.0   (7.29) 58.2   (8.30) 40.6   (8.13)   (†) 95.2   (1.93) 83.4   (2.86) 87.9   (2.90) 50.1   (4.62) 39.5   (4.46)
                                                             
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   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 96.9   (1.83) 80.4   (6.83) 87.8   (5.48) 47.1   (9.43) 40.8   (7.50)
5 to less than 20 percent 82.9   (6.02) 60.2   (7.48) 62.5   (6.97) 36.5   (7.27) 18.7   (4.93) 96.7   (1.48) 85.2   (2.42) 85.1   (2.47) 46.7   (3.64) 32.3   (3.58)
20 to less than 50 percent 88.1   (5.79) 74.1   (7.00) 46.3   (7.62) 42.1   (7.69) 10.4 ! (4.23) 96.3   (1.51) 91.9   (1.61) 88.9   (2.19) 41.1   (3.11) 48.7   (3.23)
50 percent or more 85.1   (4.17) 69.2   (5.16) 65.7   (5.38) 37.4   (5.79) 12.9   (3.67) 96.5   (0.94) 89.2   (2.14) 86.5   (1.78) 46.7   (2.37) 53.9   (2.60)
                                                             
Percent of students eligible for
      free or reduced-price lunch
                                                           
0 to 25 percent   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 96.2   (2.01) 86.4   (2.90) 82.3   (4.35) 40.2   (4.31) 33.8   (3.25)
26 to 50 percent 83.7   (6.12) 67.2   (7.88) 64.2   (5.83) 42.6   (6.61) 14.6 ! (4.85) 96.3   (1.22) 85.4   (2.09) 84.4   (2.12) 38.1   (3.01) 42.8   (3.31)
51 to 75 percent 84.5   (5.00) 67.0   (6.46) 66.0   (7.80) 37.7   (6.79) 14.4   (4.26) 96.1   (1.17) 90.3   (2.30) 91.2   (1.42) 51.2   (3.58) 47.1   (3.43)
76 to 100 percent 88.0   (5.17) 72.1   (7.21) 61.7   (6.39) 34.4   (6.72) 14.7 ! (4.62) 97.6   (1.15) 90.4   (3.04) 87.6   (2.56) 49.8   (3.44) 57.0   (4.02)
                                                             
Percent of students who are
      Limited English Proficient (LEP)
                                                           
0 to 5 percent 85.3   (4.02) 62.8   (5.59) 57.3   (5.52) 28.5   (4.76) 12.5 ! (3.84) 96.4   (0.84) 86.9   (1.75) 86.5   (1.74) 44.9   (2.34) 41.8   (2.27)
6 to 20 percent 77.5   (6.33) 70.9   (5.71) 62.1   (7.39) 42.6   (7.26) 11.9 ! (5.20) 96.9   (1.31) 90.4   (1.66) 88.4   (2.07) 45.2   (3.04) 51.3   (3.01)
21 to 100 percent 90.8   (4.09) 70.6   (6.31) 63.6   (6.76) 47.1   (7.66) 16.2 ! (5.12) 96.7   (1.97) 91.3   (2.22) 85.3   (3.66) 47.2   (5.01) 57.2   (4.62)
†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 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.
2 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.
3 Schools could answer "yes" to more than one question about the presence of officers at various times. Schools indicating the presence of officers at multiple times are included in each applicable column. For example, a school that indicated officers were present at any time during school hours at least once a week and also indicated officers were present for all instructional hours every day would be shown in both of these columns.
4 The questionnaire provided the following examples of selected school activities: athletic and social events, open houses, and science fairs.
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.)

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