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Bureau of Justice Statistics; Information Collection Under Review The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ``sixty days'' from the date listed at the top of this page in the Federal Register. Request written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposal collection of information. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need additional information please contract Dr. Brian Reaves (202-616-3287), Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 633 Indian Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20531. If a copy of the proposed collection instrument with instructions is not published in this notice please contact the agency representative listed above if you wish to receive a copy. Overview of this information collection: (1) Type of Information Collection: Reinstatement, with change, or a previously approved collection for which approval has expired. (2) The title of the form/collection: 1996 Directory Survey of Law Enforcement Agencies. (3) The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: Form number: CJ-38. Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, United States Department of Justice. (4) Who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: State, Local or Tribal Government. Others: None. This information collection is a census of law enforcement agencies that provides statistics on the number of sworn officers and nonsworn employees for State police departments, local police departments, sheriffs' departments, and special police agencies. This data will provide a means of assessing law enforcement employment trends nationwide when compared with previous data collected in 1986 and 1992. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 17,500 respondents at 0.25 hours, or 15 minutes. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 4,375 total burden hours for this information collection. If additional information is required contract: Mr. Robert B. Briggs, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Information Management and Security Staff, Suite 850, Washington Center, 1001 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20530. Public comment on this information collection is strongly encouraged.

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