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Table 33.  Percentage of public middle schools reporting use of specified activities for sworn law enforcement officers: School year 2015–16

Activity   Percent of schools1  
Motor vehicle traffic control   45.6  
Security enforcement and patrol   55.7  
Maintaining school discipline   41.7  
Coordinating with local police and emergency team(s)   58.8  
Identifying problems in the school and proactively seeking solutions to those problems   51.2  
Training teachers and staff in school safety or crime prevention   32.6  
Mentoring students   43.3  
Teaching a law-related education course or training students2   24.1  
Recording or reporting discipline problems to school authorities   48.9  
Providing information to school authorities about the legal definitions of behavior for recording or reporting purposes3   49.8  
1Only schools indicating a sworn law enforcement officer (including School Resource Officers) were present at least once a week were included.
2Examples of law-related education courses include drug-related education, criminal law, or crime prevention courses.
3An example of legal definitions is defining assault for school authorities.
NOTE: 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. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015–16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2016.