Policing in America: Closing the Data Gap

By Julia Baumel — July 30, 2020

Despite the attention on policing nationwide, we simply don’t have good enough data on how it is actually practiced in communities across the country. This issue brief identifies the specific areas in which more data collection and reporting could directly and indirectly improve policing—by holding police officers and departments accountable and allowing for objective policy analysis.

Facts At-A-Glance

  • Only 40% of law enforcement agencies

    submitted use of force data to the FBI in 2019.

  • 25% fewer police-involved killings

    occur at police departments that require comprehensive use of force reporting—which includes threats or attempted use of force, including drawing a gun—than at departments without such policies

  • 17 misconduct complaints

    had been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed George Floyd, prior to Floyd's death.

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