Federal Law Enforcement Mandatory Basic Training:

Results of Surveys of Federal Civilian Law Enforcement Components (GAO-07-1066SP), an E-supplement to GAO-07-815

GAO-07-1066SP: Published: Aug 10, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2007.

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This is the supporting product to GAO-07-815. This document presents selected results of GAO's mandatory basic training survey of 105 federal civilian components that employ law enforcement officers (LEO). We defined an LEO as a federal employee who is authorized to perform any of four specific functions: conduct criminal investigations, execute search warrants, make arrests, or carry firearms. The table presenting the selected results can be viewed by clicking on the Table of Contents at the bottom right of this screen. To collect the mandatory basic training information on these components, we administered a Web-based survey. This survey followed two previous Web-based surveys--one on the primary sources of authorities for the specified law enforcement functions and the other on the job series classifications used for such LEOs--which we reported on in Federal Law Enforcement: Survey of Federal Civilian Law Enforcement Functions and Authorities, GAO-07-121, (Washington, D.C.: Dec. 19, 2006) and its electronic supplement Federal Law Enforcement: Results of Surveys of Federal Civilian Law Enforcement Components, GAO-07-223SP. We received a response rate of 100 percent for the mandatory basic training survey, as well as the previous two surveys. A copy of the mandatory basic training survey can be viewed by clicking on the Table of Contents located at the bottom of this screen. The selected results we present list the components' mandatory basic training programs, program durations, the organizations conducting them, the general topics covered, the locations where the programs are conducted, and the job series classifications for which the programs are mandatory. We edited some responses to improve the presentation and consistency of the results, particularly in the names of training programs, organizations conducting the programs, and geographical locations.

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