2011 Benchmark Survey

As the Lawrence Police Department examined standards of measurement over the last year for a variety of performance and demographic categories for the Department, staff discovered the Benchmark City Survey. 

This annual survey, which is compiled by the Overland Park Police Department, has been in existence since 1997.   Today, there are 28 participating agencies from around the nation.  A large percentage of the agencies are clustered in the mid-states region making Lawrence’s inclusion in the survey more relevant.  The original concept as described by Overland Park Chief John Douglass was to include cities “like us” in terms of proximity to major metropolitan areas and communities where businesses were looking to locate.

In 2010, the Lawrence Police Department sought inclusion in the survey. The Lawrence Police Department is pleased to announce the publication of the 2011 results marks the second year of our Department’s participation.  The survey allows participating agencies to examine how their organizations compare with others in several key areas: Demographics, General Information, Crime Statistics, Clearances, and Traffic Safety.   Departments can then exchange information with each other concerning initiatives and programs which appear to have lead to a particular agency’s success in an area.