Use of Force

Use of Force Infographic by Police Foundation

Use of Force Infographic by Police Foundation

The use of force can generally be defined as the means of compelling compliance or overcoming resistance to an officer’s command(s) in order to protect life or property or to take a person into custody. For this reason, some agencies refer to the use of force as “response to resistance.” Types of force can include verbal, physical, chemical, impact, electronic, and firearm. Other definitions of the use of force in law enforcement may differ.

Related Resource: The Police Foundation’s use of force infographic can help in explaining when force occurs, what happens when it occurs, and the legal basis for using force.


The agencies below have released data on the use of force.

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Use of Force Datasets

Name City State Link Title
Name City State Link Title
Austin Police Department Austin TX https://goo.gl/jwylHu Response to Resistance
Baltimore Police Department Baltimore MD https://goo.gl/OvTBnP Use of Force
Bloomington Police Department Bloomington IN https://goo.gl/vKAazV Use of Force
Cincinnatti Police Department Cincinnatti OH https://goo.gl/JMxIxk Use of Force
Dallas Police Department Dallas TX https://goo.gl/51yKSa Response to Resistance
Fayetteville Police Department Fayetteville NC https://goo.gl/SU2bc4 Use of Force
Henderson Police Department Henderson NV https://goo.gl/GmPke8 Use of Force
Indianapolis Police Department Indianapolis IN https://goo.gl/L5CWNt Use of Force
New Orleans Police Department New Orleans LA https://goo.gl/1DC7sW Use of Force
University of Delaware Police Department Newark DE https://goo.gl/B2Rm6C Use of Force
Norman Police Department Norman OK https://goo.gl/NUYab0 Use of Force
North Bergen Police Department North Bergen NJ https://goo.gl/YT6mGF Use of Force
Northampton Police Department Northampton MA https://goo.gl/G11zeX Use of Force
Orlando Police Department Orlando FL https://goo.gl/0G9AqR Response to Resistance
Richmond Police Department Richmond CA https://goo.gl/X2MnvU Use of Force
Rutland City Police Department Rutland City VT https://goo.gl/2ePH0y Use of Force
Seattle Police Department Seattle WA https://goo.gl/URK6rR Use of Force
St. John Police Department St. John IN https://goo.gl/9QqlQm Response to Resistance