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 Response to Resistance
Baltimore Police Department Baltimore MD Use of Force
Bedford Police Department Bedford VA Use of Force
Beloit Police Department Beloit WI Use of Force
Bloomington Police Department Bloomington IN Use of Force
Cincinnati Police Department Cincinnati OH Use of Force
Dallas Police Department Dallas TX Response to Resistance
Fayetteville Police Department (NC) Fayetteville NC Use of Force
Henderson Police Department Henderson NV Use of Force
Indianapolis Police Department Indianapolis IN Use of Force
Las Cruces Police Department Las Cruces NM Use of Force
Lincoln Department of Public Safety Lincoln NE Use of Control
New Orleans Police Department New Orleans LA Use of Force
Norman Police Department Norman OK Use of Force
Norristown Police Department Norristown PA Use of Force
North Bergen Police Department North Bergen NJ Use of Force
Northampton Police Department Northampton MA Use of Force
Oakland Police Department Oakland CA Use of Force
Orlando Police Department Orlando FL Response to Resistance
Richmond Police Department Richmond CA Use of Force
Rutland City Police Department Rutland VT Use of Force
Seattle Police Department Seattle WA Use of Force
St. John Police Department St. John IN Response to Resistance
University of Delaware Police Department Newark DE Use of Force