Every year our Operations Commander gives me a report on our use of force from the previous year. Below is the one I just recieved from Lt. Cas Miarka:
During the 2011 calendar year Auburn Hills officers handled 17,664 calls for service and made 12,663 traffic stops for a total of 30,327 events. Auburn Hills officers arrested or issued a misdemeanor summons in 2,129 incidents during this time period, an increase of 10.65% over the 1924 arrests made in 2010. Of these 2,129 arrests, some level of force beyond normal handcuffing was required during 23 incidents. The number of actual incidents requiring the use of force increased from 19 to 23 in comparison to 2010. The percentage of incidents requiring force increased slightly from .99% in 2010 to 1.08% in 2011.
As standard policy, all incidents that require the use of force or the threat of force are subjected to an administrative review. The purpose of this review is to ensure compliance with Departmental policies and to identify training needs. One incident in 2011 required further review as officers had used their Capstun and then the TASER. It was determined the Capstun used by the officers was not flammable therefore the use of the TASER was justified.
The table below lists data collected from the 23 incidents where force was used during 2011 arrests.
|Events||Calls for Service – 17,664||Traffic Stops – 12,663||30,327 Total Events|
|Average Age of Offender||27.41 years||Youngest- 16||Oldest – 56|
|Gender||18 Male||4 Female||1-Taser of a dog|
|Felony / Misdemeanor / Mental||13 Felony||9 Misdemeanor||1 Mental Commitment|
|Shift||Mids- 7 Incidents||Days- 1 Incidents||Noons- 15 Incidents|
|Alcohol or Drug Use||6 of 23 Incidents||26.07% of Incidents||_|
|Initial Contact||14 Dispatched||6 Found on Patrol||3 Other|
|Injuries||3 of the 22 suspects received minor injuries during arrest; scratches or minor abrasions.||2 officers received minor injuries during an arrest;|
Nationally police use force in about 1% of their calls for service. We use force less than that–23 incidents of 17,664 calls for service.
I know that doesn’t square with the image of us portrayed by TV and movies–reality is a very different picture.