There is no regular survey of law enforcement administrators conducted by academics. This is surprising because these individuals play vital roles in their communities and because they administer the use of state violence within their jurisdictions. The Annual Law Enforcement Survey was founded to shed light on these important bureaucrats. The data from this survey, which will be made publicly available, includes the sociodemographic characteristics of police chiefs and sheriffs, as well as information about their views on police policies, problems, and future priorities. The initial survey will be conducted with American municipal and county law enforcement administrators in Spring 2018. The survey will be expanded to cover additional countries in subsequent years.
In addition to this survey, the ALES will also field surveys with samples of political elites and citizens. The point of these surveys is to better understand the constraints and pressures that law enforcement officers face.
For more information about ALES, please contact its Director, Charles Crabtree.