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SLCPD first Utah police agency to publish use of force data online

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Posted at 3:49 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 17:49:20-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police Department will publish its use of force data through an interactive, user-friendly tool on its website in effort to strengthen community relationships and increase transparency, the department announced Monday.

Salt Lake City is the first law enforcement agency to publish this data as part of its participation in the White House’s Police Data Initiative.

“This data represents preliminary figures and shows summary information for cases in which use of force occurs,” a Salt Lake City police press release states. “Whenever an officer uses force, the officer must document why force was used, the type of force used and the effects on the subject.”

The White House launched the Police Data Initiative in May 2015. Currently, 53 jurisdictions from across the U.S. have committed to the initiative.

The new tool also allows the user to view data in a variety of ways, including breakdowns of city council districts, time periods, contact reasons, subject demographics, police tools used, subject resistance and effects of force on the subject.

The tool can be found on the Salt Lake City police website at: http://slcpd.com/community/use-of-force/