[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 23 (Monday, February 4, 2013)]
[Page 7812]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02252]



[OMB Number 1103-NEW]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed new 
Collection; Comments Requested: COPS Survey on Police Consolidation and 
Shared Services

ACTION: 60-Day Notice.


    The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented 
Policing Services (COPS) will be submitting the following information 
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995. The revision of a previously approved information collection is 
published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.
    The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days for public 
comment until April 5, 2013. This process is conducted in accordance 
with 5 CFR 1320.10.
    If you have comments, especially on the estimated public burden or 
associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed 
information collection instrument with instructions or additional 
information, please contact Danielle Ouellette, Department of Justice 
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 145 N Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20530.
    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected 
agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are 
encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following 
four points:

--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;
--Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
--Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and
--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.

Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: Proposed new collection; 
comments requested
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: COPS Survey on Police 
Consolidation and Shared Services
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department sponsoring the collection: None. U.S. Department of Justice 
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: In collaboration with the Michigan State 
University's School of Criminal Justice, the purpose of this one-time 
survey with is to conduct the first-ever census of public safety 
departments, which includes agencies that have at consolidated police 
and fire functions into a single organization. The survey will identify 
the nature, structure, function, organizational characteristics, and 
community policing activities of these departments. This information 
will be used to assess the implementation and variation of these 
departments, support a framework to advance further research on this 
type of agency and form of public safety delivery, and facilitate peer-
to-peer information sharing.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: It is 
estimated that 135 respondents annually will complete the form within 1 
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: There are an estimated 135 total annual burden 
hours associated with this collection.
    If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, 
Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, 
Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two 
Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Room 3W-1407B, Washington, DC 

    Dated: January 29, 2013.
Jerri Murray,
Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice.
[FR Doc. 2013-02252 Filed 2-1-13; 8:45 am]