Policies & Annual Statistics

Use of Force Statistics

Departmental policy requires an incident/supplementary report anytime an officer(s) uses soft empty hand control or higher; uses force through lethal or less lethal weapons and/or takes an action that results, or is alleged to have resulted in, an injury or death.  In addition, the primary officer or supervisor will complete a Use of Force (UOF) Report detailing the UOF incident.  Below are general department statistics related to UOF incidents. 

USE OF FORCE CONTINUUM

SUSPECT'S LEVEL OF RESISTANCEOFFICER'S LEVEL OF CONTROL

Deadly Force Assaults 

Officer reasonably believes that Subject’s force is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury.

Deadly Force 

Any force used that may result in serious bodily injury or death. 

Active Aggression 

Advancing, challenging or physical assault against an officer or another. 

Intermediate Weapons 

Strikes with the expandable baton, Taser CEW, 40mm LMTS 

Those techniques necessary to overcome force, short of deadly force, used by the suspect. 

Defensive Resistance 

Physical actions which attempt to prevent an Officer’s control. 

Hard Empty Hand Techniques 

Techniques having a greater likelihood of causing injury.  (e.g. Forearm strikes, Knee strikes, Open and closed hand strikes, Kicks to legs, Approved take downs). 

Passive Resistance 

Physical actions that do not prevent a member’s attempts at control. (e.g.: prevent handcuffing, or similar resistance). 

Soft Empty Hand Techniques 

Techniques having a minimum probability of injury:  (e.g., joint locks, pressure points, transport holds). 

Oleoresin Capsicum (OC Spray) 

Verbal Noncompliance 

Verbal responses indicating an unwillingness to cooperate. 

Verbal Directions 

Persuasion 

Commands of direction (e.g. “Put your hands behind your back.”) 

Notification of arrest (e.g. “You are under arrest”) 

Psychological Intimidation 

Nonverbal cues indicating subject's attitude, appearance and physical readiness. 

Officer's Presence 

Identification of authority. (e.g.  Officer in uniform, marked patrol car, visible badge and weapon). 


Use of Force (UOF) Incidents and % of Arrests Involving UOF

The following table shows the annual number of Use of Force (UOF) Incidents, number of Arrests and % of Arrests Involving UOF. 


2019
2018
2017
2016
Arrests
800
752
811
567
Uses of Force Incidents
29
25
28
18
% of Arrest with UOF
3.6%
3.3%
3.4%
3.1%


Use of Force Techniques and Tools

This table shows trends in what use of force techniques and tools have been used in the past three years.


2019201820172016
Fiream0000
Taser1112
40 mm LMTS000N/A
Baton0000
OC2000
Weaponless60466039
Total Uses of Force Incidents29252818
Total Uses of Force Arrests21212311
Complaints1000
Total Agency Custodial Arrests800752811567