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San Jose Police Department Use of Force Analysis

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San Jose Police Force Analysis

The San Jose Police Department's extensive analysis of use of force incidents occurring in 2015-2017 yielded three interactive dashboards, which allow users to query the Department's use of force data. By clicking on any of the elements of a dashboard, the charts, graphs, and maps adjust to match that element. For example, by clicking on the "female" portion of the "Suspect Gender" pie chart, the other charts on the dashboard will change to display the results for female suspects only. Use of force incidents are broken down into the following dashboards: Time and Location of Use of Force Incidents This dashboard displays the days, times, and locations (by division, district, and beat) of the use of force incidents. Also displayed are the reasons officers contacted suspects (dispatched call for service, on-view, assist of another officer or agency), the original call types of the incidents (violent crime, property crime, etc.), and the types of locations where the use of force incidents occurred (Business, street, residence- inside, etc.). Types of Force Tactics Used This dashboard displays the number of officers present during the uses of force, the number of officers using force during use of force incidents, injury rates for both officers and suspects (complaint of pain, scrape, cut, etc.), and the types of force used by officers (physical force, weapon, or both). Physical force used is further divided into the type of physical tactic used by the officer (push, weight, wrestle, etc.). Weapons used by the officer is further divided into the specific type of weapon used (Electronic Control Device (ECD), impact weapon, OC spray, canine, and projectile impact weapon). Suspect Characteristics and Charges This dashboard displays the gender, age, race, and location of the suspect's residence (San Jose, other city, transient). Also displayed is the maximum resistance posed by the suspect to the officer, the charge type (i.e., the crime the suspect was ultimately charged with), the crime level committed by the suspect (infraction, misdemeanor, or felony), whether the suspect fled from officers before or during the incident, and the threat posed by the suspect. Suspect flight is further divided into the manner in which the suspect fled (foot, vehicle, bicycle, other). The suspect threat, where the suspect was the first aggressor, is further divided into the manner in which the suspect threatened the officer (verbally, posture move, attempted assault, assault, less lethal, or deadly weapon). If you hover your cursor over an element of a dashboard, you will receive additional information regarding that element. In some cases, you will see "% of Total: X% vs. Y%." The "X%" is the percentage of uses of force for the sample you have selected. The "Y%" is the percentage of all uses of force for the Department. For example, if you select "female" suspects and then hover over the "white" section of "Suspect Race" pie chart, you will see the following: "% of Total: 27% vs. 18%." This means 27% of female suspects are white compared to 18% of the total number of suspects (male and female).

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