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Table 233.74a. Among public schools with any sworn law enforcement officers present at school at least once a week, percentage with any officers who routinely carry or wear specific items, by school level, type of item, and selected school characteristics: 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School characteristic Among primary schools1 with sworn law enforcement officers present, percent with officers who routinely Among secondary schools2 with sworn law enforcement officers present, percent with officers who routinely
Carry a stun gun3 Carry chemical aerosol sprays4 Carry a firearm Wear a body camera Carry a stun gun3 Carry chemical aerosol sprays4 Carry a firearm Wear a body camera
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Total 63.5   (3.53) 58.7   (3.57) 85.6   (2.39) 13.4   (2.51) 70.4   (1.96) 72.1   (1.73) 93.3   (0.76) 18.6   (1.03)
                                                 
Enrollment size                                                
Less than 300   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 76.6   (8.32) 61.0   (7.41) 91.4   (3.60) 14.0   (3.93)
300 to 499 58.5   (7.25) 64.3   (6.32) 91.1   (3.66) 14.8 ! (5.05) 63.0   (5.05) 67.6   (4.06) 88.3   (3.14) 14.7   (2.73)
500 to 999 64.3   (4.92) 50.6   (4.12) 77.8   (3.97) 13.5   (3.44) 69.2   (2.65) 73.5   (2.21) 94.0   (1.12) 21.2   (2.16)
1,000 or more   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 74.1   (2.37) 77.4   (2.21) 96.1   (0.84) 19.4   (2.07)
                                                 
Locale                                                
City 48.1   (7.65) 42.5   (7.68) 73.1   (7.03)   (†) 66.6   (3.24) 70.0   (2.87) 86.8   (2.21) 18.4   (2.24)
Suburban 70.9   (5.40) 59.8   (5.19) 85.9   (4.77) 9.1 ! (3.09) 69.6   (2.61) 76.1   (2.32) 95.2   (1.11) 13.1   (1.50)
Town 76.6   (7.48) 70.6   (8.94) 97.0   (3.02) 25.0 ! (8.33) 81.0   (2.57) 77.3   (3.67) 96.9   (1.30) 29.2   (3.69)
Rural 59.4   (7.49) 65.4   (6.22) 90.1   (4.03) 20.2   (5.73) 68.9   (4.49) 66.3   (3.71) 95.2   (1.76) 19.4   (2.53)
                                                 
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   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 67.2   (8.30) 56.8   (7.41) 95.2   (3.15) 15.7 ! (5.35)
5 to less than 20 percent 68.2   (6.89) 66.1   (7.59) 89.7   (4.71) 16.6 ! (5.82) 72.6   (3.68) 72.9   (3.09) 94.4   (1.74) 19.2   (2.18)
20 to less than 50 percent 72.8   (7.11) 62.4   (7.52) 92.2   (4.61) 16.9 ! (7.30) 74.8   (3.15) 76.7   (3.18) 97.0   (0.93) 21.4   (2.75)
50 percent or more 57.2   (5.46) 51.5   (5.29) 79.3   (3.62) 9.9 ! (3.26) 66.5   (2.80) 71.2   (2.53) 89.7   (1.49) 16.9   (1.68)
                                                 
Percent of students eligible for
      free or reduced-price lunch
                                               
0 to 25 percent   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 69.4   (3.79) 73.5   (2.95) 95.0   (1.50) 17.2   (3.32)
26 to 50 percent 62.4   (7.82) 63.9   (7.31) 85.1   (5.87) 17.2 ! (5.95) 76.0   (3.02) 72.4   (3.43) 95.2   (1.48) 20.1   (2.69)
51 to 75 percent 67.2   (5.90) 59.0   (7.00) 88.5   (4.03) 24.7   (6.36) 69.6   (3.02) 74.5   (2.64) 94.0   (1.66) 20.3   (2.20)
76 to 100 percent 63.0   (5.84) 55.4   (5.38) 85.5   (4.42)   (†) 65.6   (3.86) 67.6   (3.63) 88.7   (2.39) 15.8   (2.37)
                                                 
Percent of students who are
      Limited English Proficient (LEP)
                                               
0 to 5 percent 64.5   (6.62) 62.3   (6.07) 84.5   (4.16) 10.3 ! (3.11) 69.8   (2.46) 71.2   (2.21) 93.8   (0.93) 15.8   (1.36)
6 to 20 percent 64.1   (6.36) 52.8   (5.27) 92.7   (3.56) 18.5 ! (5.60) 72.8   (2.83) 73.9   (3.11) 93.3   (1.86) 21.0   (2.18)
21 to 100 percent 61.3   (6.94) 57.7   (6.86) 80.9   (4.99) 14.3 ! (5.43) 68.4   (4.90) 73.6   (4.90) 89.9   (3.00) 30.8   (5.54)
†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 The questionnaire cited a Taser gun as an example of a stun gun.
4 The questionnaire provided the following examples of chemical aerosol sprays: Mace and pepper spray.
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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