GITNUX REPORT 2024

Police Reform: Data Reveals Disparities in Officer Training and Accountability

Police Reform: Unpacking the Alarming Stats and Urging Action for Transparency and Accountability.

Author: Jannik Lindner

First published: 7/17/2024

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Only 1% of police officers who kill someone are charged with murder or manslaughter.

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The average cost of a police misconduct settlement is $300,000.

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Only 22 states require police officers to be licensed or certified.

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Only 12 states mandate the use of independent prosecutors in police-involved deaths.

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Only 27 states require police officers to report excessive force used by other officers.

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Only 15 states require police officers to report misconduct by other officers.

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95% of police departments in the US serve populations of fewer than 25,000 people.

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In 2020, there were approximately 697,195 full-time law enforcement officers in the United States.

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The average salary for a police officer in the US is $67,600 per year.

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About 80% of police departments have fewer than 10 officers.

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In 2020, 18,674 law enforcement agencies participated in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program.

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In 2020, there were approximately 18,000 police agencies in the United States.

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40% of police officers report that they have been physically attacked in the last year.

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In 2019, 48 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.

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In 2020, 55 police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 56 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.

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In 2020, there were 55,690 assaults against law enforcement officers.

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In 2019, 48 law enforcement officers died accidentally in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 89 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 135 police officers died by suicide.

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In 2019, 41 law enforcement officers were killed in accidents in the line of duty.

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In 2020, 55 police officers were fatally shot in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 48 law enforcement officers were killed feloniously in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 89 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 41 law enforcement officers died in accidents in the line of duty.

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In 2020, 55 police officers were killed by gunfire in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.

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In 2019, 89 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

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Black Americans are 2.5 times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police.

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In 2015, police killed 104 unarmed black people, five times the rate of unarmed whites.

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In 2019, 49% of people killed by police were white, while 24% were black.

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In 2020, 28.5% of police officers in the United States were racial or ethnic minorities.

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Body-worn cameras are associated with a 10% reduction in police use of force.

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About 27% of local police departments use body-worn cameras for all officers on patrol.

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Only 18 states require all police officers to wear body cameras.

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About 15% of police departments use drones for law enforcement purposes.

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In 2020, 96% of police departments used social media for public relations purposes.

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About 40% of police departments use automated license plate readers.

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About 30% of police departments use predictive policing technology.

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Only 8 states require all police officers to wear body cameras.

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About 25% of police departments use facial recognition technology.

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About 60% of police departments use in-car video cameras.

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About 40% of police departments use gunshot detection technology.

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About 20% of police departments use body-worn cameras for all officers.

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About 30% of police departments use social media monitoring tools.

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The average police recruit receives 58 hours of firearms training but only 8 hours of de-escalation training.

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Only 34 states require de-escalation training for police officers.

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89% of police departments in the US require a high school diploma or equivalent for new officers.

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Only 27% of police departments require officers to have a college degree.

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The average police officer in the US receives 840 hours of basic training.

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Only 6% of police departments require officers to have a 4-year college degree.

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Only 40% of police departments require annual use-of-force training for all officers.

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Only 2% of police departments require officers to have a bachelor's degree.

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Only 34% of police departments require crisis intervention training for all officers.

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Only 16 states require de-escalation training for all police officers.

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Only 13 states require police officers to be trained in cultural diversity and bias-free policing.

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Only 8 states require all police officers to be trained in de-escalation techniques.

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In 2020, 1,021 people were shot and killed by police in the United States.

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In 2019, police made over 10 million arrests in the United States.

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In 2020, there were 1,127 fatal police shootings in the United States.

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About 25% of people killed by police have a known mental illness.

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In 2020, 457 people were shot and killed by police while armed with a gun.

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In 2020, 264 people were shot and killed by police while experiencing a mental health crisis.

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In 2020, 1,021 people were fatally shot by police in the United States.

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Summary

  • In 2020, 1,021 people were shot and killed by police in the United States.
  • Black Americans are 2.5 times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police.
  • Only 1% of police officers who kill someone are charged with murder or manslaughter.
  • 95% of police departments in the US serve populations of fewer than 25,000 people.
  • The average police recruit receives 58 hours of firearms training but only 8 hours of de-escalation training.
  • Body-worn cameras are associated with a 10% reduction in police use of force.
  • In 2015, police killed 104 unarmed black people, five times the rate of unarmed whites.
  • Only 34 states require de-escalation training for police officers.
  • 40% of police officers report that they have been physically attacked in the last year.
  • The average cost of a police misconduct settlement is $300,000.
  • In 2019, 48 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • 89% of police departments in the US require a high school diploma or equivalent for new officers.
  • Only 27% of police departments require officers to have a college degree.
  • In 2020, 55 police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.
  • The average police officer in the US receives 840 hours of basic training.

Whoever said rules are made to be broken clearly hasnt seen the alarming statistics surrounding police reform in the United States. In 2020 alone, over 1,000 individuals fell victim to fatal police shootings, unveiling a stark reality where Black Americans are disproportionately affected, charges against offending officers are rarely laid, and de-escalation training takes a back seat to firearms instruction. It seems its high time for a serious reevaluation of the thin blue line.

Accountability

  • Only 1% of police officers who kill someone are charged with murder or manslaughter.
  • The average cost of a police misconduct settlement is $300,000.
  • Only 22 states require police officers to be licensed or certified.
  • Only 12 states mandate the use of independent prosecutors in police-involved deaths.
  • Only 27 states require police officers to report excessive force used by other officers.
  • Only 15 states require police officers to report misconduct by other officers.

Interpretation

These statistics paint a bleak picture of the current state of police reform in the United States. With only 1% of officers facing charges for fatal encounters, and the staggering cost of misconduct settlements, it's clear that accountability and oversight are sorely lacking in law enforcement. The fact that a significant number of states do not even require officers to be licensed or certified, or mandate the use of independent prosecutors in cases of police-involved deaths, highlights the urgent need for comprehensive reform. It's time for a serious reevaluation of policing practices and a shift towards transparency, accountability, and justice for all.

Department Structure

  • 95% of police departments in the US serve populations of fewer than 25,000 people.
  • In 2020, there were approximately 697,195 full-time law enforcement officers in the United States.
  • The average salary for a police officer in the US is $67,600 per year.
  • About 80% of police departments have fewer than 10 officers.
  • In 2020, 18,674 law enforcement agencies participated in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program.
  • In 2020, there were approximately 18,000 police agencies in the United States.

Interpretation

The numbers paint an intriguing but complex picture of policing in the US - where the majority of police departments serve small communities, yet the sheer quantity of law enforcement officers and agencies is sizable. With a diverse landscape of departments varying in size and resources, the challenge lies in reconciling the need for effective law enforcement with the imperative for accountability and reform. As the debate on police reform continues, these statistics underscore the importance of addressing systemic issues while recognizing the significance of the individual officers serving on the front lines every day.

Officer Safety

  • 40% of police officers report that they have been physically attacked in the last year.
  • In 2019, 48 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • In 2020, 55 police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 56 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • In 2020, there were 55,690 assaults against law enforcement officers.
  • In 2019, 48 law enforcement officers died accidentally in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 89 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 135 police officers died by suicide.
  • In 2019, 41 law enforcement officers were killed in accidents in the line of duty.
  • In 2020, 55 police officers were fatally shot in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 48 law enforcement officers were killed feloniously in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 89 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 41 law enforcement officers died in accidents in the line of duty.
  • In 2020, 55 police officers were killed by gunfire in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • In 2019, 89 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

Interpretation

In a world where superheroes only exist on the big screen, police officers are the real-life heroes facing everyday dangers on our streets. The statistics on attacks against law enforcement officers and tragic losses in the line of duty paint a stark picture of the risks they willingly undertake to protect and serve their communities. Behind the badge lies a human being with families, dreams, and vulnerabilities. As we navigate the complex terrain of police reform, let's not forget to support the mental health and well-being of those who selflessly put themselves in harm's way for our safety. Remember, it's not just statistics, it's lives on the line.

Racial Disparities

  • Black Americans are 2.5 times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police.
  • In 2015, police killed 104 unarmed black people, five times the rate of unarmed whites.
  • In 2019, 49% of people killed by police were white, while 24% were black.
  • In 2020, 28.5% of police officers in the United States were racial or ethnic minorities.

Interpretation

These statistics paint a stark picture of the ongoing disparities and challenges within the realm of police reform. From the disproportionate rates at which Black Americans are killed by police to the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities within law enforcement, it is evident that systemic issues persist despite incremental progress. While numbers may provide a grim snapshot, they also serve as a call to action for a much-needed overhaul of policing practices and an urgent push for true equity and justice for all.

Technology and Equipment

  • Body-worn cameras are associated with a 10% reduction in police use of force.
  • About 27% of local police departments use body-worn cameras for all officers on patrol.
  • Only 18 states require all police officers to wear body cameras.
  • About 15% of police departments use drones for law enforcement purposes.
  • In 2020, 96% of police departments used social media for public relations purposes.
  • About 40% of police departments use automated license plate readers.
  • About 30% of police departments use predictive policing technology.
  • Only 8 states require all police officers to wear body cameras.
  • About 25% of police departments use facial recognition technology.
  • About 60% of police departments use in-car video cameras.
  • About 40% of police departments use gunshot detection technology.
  • About 20% of police departments use body-worn cameras for all officers.
  • About 30% of police departments use social media monitoring tools.

Interpretation

In a world where technology reigns supreme, the statistics on police reform paint an intriguing digital landscape. Body-worn cameras act as the noble crusaders, wielding a 10% reduction in police use of force, yet their presence still feels like that of a shy wallflower at a grand ball, with only 27% of local police departments giving them a front-row seat. Meanwhile, drones soar in at 15%, nonchalantly patrolling the skies, while facial recognition technology skulks in the shadows at 25%, casting its digital net. Social media stands as the town crier, with a booming 96% presence, but predictive policing technology (30%) plays the elusive seer. As we navigate this tech-infused law enforcement terrain, let's remember that even in the digital age, the true measure of reform lies not just in the tools we wield, but in the intentions and accountability that guide their use.

Training

  • The average police recruit receives 58 hours of firearms training but only 8 hours of de-escalation training.
  • Only 34 states require de-escalation training for police officers.
  • 89% of police departments in the US require a high school diploma or equivalent for new officers.
  • Only 27% of police departments require officers to have a college degree.
  • The average police officer in the US receives 840 hours of basic training.
  • Only 6% of police departments require officers to have a 4-year college degree.
  • Only 40% of police departments require annual use-of-force training for all officers.
  • Only 2% of police departments require officers to have a bachelor's degree.
  • Only 34% of police departments require crisis intervention training for all officers.
  • Only 16 states require de-escalation training for all police officers.
  • Only 13 states require police officers to be trained in cultural diversity and bias-free policing.
  • Only 8 states require all police officers to be trained in de-escalation techniques.

Interpretation

In a country where the average police officer receives more hours of firearms training than de-escalation training, one can't help but wonder if we're prioritizing shooting over talking. With only a handful of states requiring comprehensive de-escalation, bias-free policing, or crisis intervention training, it's clear that we need to shift the scales towards conflict resolution and understanding. Maybe it's time to put down the weapons, pick up the dialogue, and equip our officers with the tools they need to protect and serve effectively in a society that desperately needs more peacekeepers than warriors.

Use of Force

  • In 2020, 1,021 people were shot and killed by police in the United States.
  • In 2019, police made over 10 million arrests in the United States.
  • In 2020, there were 1,127 fatal police shootings in the United States.
  • About 25% of people killed by police have a known mental illness.
  • In 2020, 457 people were shot and killed by police while armed with a gun.
  • In 2020, 264 people were shot and killed by police while experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • In 2020, 1,021 people were fatally shot by police in the United States.

Interpretation

In a country where over 10 million arrests are made annually by police, and where 1,021 people were shot and killed by law enforcement in 2020 alone, the stark reality of police violence cannot be ignored. The statistics speak volumes, with 25% of those killed having a known mental illness, and 264 individuals shot while experiencing a mental health crisis. The line between upholding public safety and maintaining accountability grows thinner by the day. As these numbers continue to paint a troubling picture, the urgent call for meaningful police reform becomes not just a suggestion, but a moral imperative.

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