Salt Lake City officers used more force in 2021 — but less than expected, department report finds

Officers used drive 985 occasions final 12 months, in keeping with the division’s 2021 use-of-force report.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake Metropolis Police Chief Mike Brown in his workplace on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

Salt Lake Metropolis police final 12 months noticed a rise in general requires service in addition to studies of officers utilizing drive. However officers nonetheless used much less drive in 2021 than a department-conducted evaluation anticipated them to, a report launched Friday concluded.

Officers used nonlethal drive 985 occasions final 12 months, in keeping with the division’s 2021 use-of-force report. That determine doesn’t embody interactions the place an officer fired their weapon, the report famous, however does embody actions like bodily restraint, less-than-lethal rounds, pointing a firearm, use of pepper spray and use of a taser or use of a baton.

In 2020, officers used such drive 917 occasions. Nonetheless, utilizing a components primarily based on variations in comparable variables between that 12 months and 2021 — together with whole arrests and calls dealt with, together with the quantity of resistance to arrests and assaults on officers — the division anticipated officers to make use of nonlethal drive 1,139 occasions in 2021.

“We see this improve in calls dealt with, improve in arrests, improve in resisting and assault on cops, so once more the query is — did use of drive change in proportion to that?” Deputy Chief Scott Mourtgos mentioned Friday throughout a information convention.

Mourtgos ready the division’s 2021 use-of-force report utilizing his expertise as a Ph.D. candidate on the College of Utah with experience in quantitative social sciences.

“We truly noticed a lower in what we’d anticipate when accounting for these different elements that drive use-of-force incidents,” Mourtgos continued.

The 985 makes use of of drive in 2021 amounted to 0.57% of all police calls that 12 months. SLCPD Chief Mike Brown mentioned neighborhood members ought to contemplate that as at, or close to, “a world minimal.”

This lower from the anticipated quantity of makes use of of drive is a results of the division’s insurance policies, de-escalation strategies and officer coaching, Brown mentioned.

The typical use of drive interplay was with a 34-year-old white man, in keeping with the report.

When damaged down by race, 48% of forceful interactions occurred with white folks, 17% occurred with Hispanic folks, 12% occurred with Black folks, 5% with American Indian/Alaskan Native folks and 4% with Asian/Pacific Islander folks.

Lower than 1% of forceful interactions occurred with Center Japanese folks, in keeping with the report. Folks of different races have been the topic of two% of makes use of of drive, and in 4% of makes use of of drive, officers didn’t notice the race of people that have been the topic in such interactions.

9 % of instances weren’t included due to an information error, the report notes. In line with the division, the sum of all these percentages was above 100% as a consequence of rounding.

The division is on tempo in 2022 to surpass final 12 months’s 173,256 requires service, Brown mentioned.

Though he doesn’t know what’s accounting for the obvious improve in calls lately, he famous that calls appear to be getting extra aggressive, with extra folks carrying weapons and extra folks keen to make use of them in crimes.

“I feel that the volatility, and what the perpetrators are keen to do, that’s undoubtedly having an affect in our communities,” Brown mentioned Friday.

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